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Hiv's Effects On The Lungs And Kidneys

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AIDS InfoNet

Tuberculosis (TB)

...drugs used to fight TB. Rifampin or rifabutin are commonly used to fight TB. They can drop the levels of ARVs in your blood too low to control HIV. ARVs can raise the levels of these TB drugs high enough to cause serious side effects. Rifampin should not be used with most protease inhibitors or non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Rifabutin can be used in some cases, but drug doses might have to be changed. There are special...
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Smokey The Bear (SMOKING and HIV, 2009)

Hey Doc.,I'm positive, a bit overweight (a bear, lol), and I smoke cigaretts. Do I really have to quit? Hell, I'm already HIV positive, aren't my Marlboros now a rather minor issue??? I'm doing OK on my HIV meds. My HIV doc hasn't mentioned my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...therapies have prolonged lives and improved health for patients with HIV, but the treatments have also brought the longer-term effects of the disease into sharper focus.Patients with HIV are not only about twice as likely to smoke as HIV-negative... Read more »

saliva (Facts for Life: What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS )

can i catch HIV if my partner "sprays" when he talks and his salive gets in my eye? Also can i get HIV from an infected partners saliva on my anus?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...longer, healthier lives, there are many problems associated with them: Anti-HIV drugs are highly toxic and can cause serious side effects, including heart damage, kidney failure, and osteoporosis. Many (perhaps even most) patients cannot tolerate... Read more »

Smoking

My husband been living with hiv for the past 4 years. His health has slowly deteriorated and is wasting. he smokes quite a bit and ocassionally takes alchohol. What are the effects of smoking?? his CD4 count has gone down to 12.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...approved by the FDA. With aggressive therapy your husband may be able to improve significantly.Regarding smoking, the major side effect is death. Simply put, smoking kills. It's particularly dangerous for HIVers to smoke, because smoking... Read more »

Stopped smoking-V.L. shot up.

Whats up,I recently stopped smoking two or so months ago, when I did my blood work just last week, My V. Load shot up nearly a 1,000 points and my liver showed signs of unsteady rest. The Doctors have asked me if I've been sick, and I haven't. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...years. His health has slowly deteriorated and is wasting. he smokes quite a bit and ocassionally takes alchohol. What are the effects of smoking?? his CD4 count has gone down to 12. Response from Dr. FrascinoHello, A CD4 count of 12 is... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV and Aging

...Aging Awareness Day was held to recognize the need to: Prevent HIV infection in this age group Understand the unique health effects of the virus in older HIV-positive people Improve the health and quality of life of older HIV-positive people ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Recreational Drugs and HIV

...of getting HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. If you swap drugs for sex, the risks increase. If you are feeling the effects of using drugs, you might wonder if you have HIV infection. Some of the signs and symptoms overlap. Be sure that... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Pentamidine

... What Is Pentamidine? What Is PCP? How Is Pentamidine Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Pentamidine Interact With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Pentamidine? Pentamidine (sold as NebuPent, Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole, Cotrimoxazole

...Is TMP/SMX? Why Do People With HIV Take TMP/SMX? What About Drug Resistance? How Is TMP/SMX Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does TMP/SMX React With Other Drugs? What Is TMP/SMX? TMP/SMX is combination of two antibiotic... Read more »
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New to all of this.....

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
...diagnosed? 2) How did you cope with your diagnosis? 3) What regimen did you commence therapy with, and how did you tolerate the side effects (Probably my most important question)? 4) In terms of the new drug pipeline, have your Doctor's reassured... Read more »

Feeling effects of stigmatization towards HIV/AIDS

Posted by HIVstigmastudy
...Coping with HIV/AIDS: How the Perception of Stigmatization Affects Adherence to Medical Treatment and Disease Prognosis http://hivstigmastudy.webs.com/ Read more »

which is a better choice?

Posted by franfrog, 9 Replies
My doctor recently diagnosed me with depression. It sort of hit me like a ton of bricks. She put me on lexapro 10mg and then switched me to 20 just last week. I think this is part to do with me explaining my fatigue during the day and insomnia at... Read more »

Late presenter......

Posted by Anonymous, 15 Replies
...commenced therapy with similar labs to myself, and on these combo's? If so, what did you think of each one? What are the side effects like? Also, do you make a complete recovery, and go on to lead a normal lifestyle? This is one of my main... Read more »