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How Do Antiretroviral Drugs Control The Virus

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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a chemical reaction marks the virus....
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HIV Positive to Can't find virus: Still infectious?

A former partner who learned she was HIV positive 20 years ago now says her virus can't be found. She now has unprotected sex,according some of her partners with whom I am acquainted. My question is this: Can she still pass HIV to another person...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Whether she can potentially transmit the virus to others depends on what she means by "her virus can't be found." There are two potential scenarios:1.It's possible (although Read more »

Temp operating range of the virus...

I was just very curious about the operating temperature range of the hiv virus. Does the viruses begin to die if as the body temperature begins to rise. For example if it crosses 106 degrees would the viral load significantly come down ?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...opportunistic infections and yet their HIV plasma viral loads remained phenomenally high. Years ago, before the development of potent antiretroviral agents, a variety of "blood heating" experiments was tried during which blood was removed from... Read more »

Can get new Virus?

Hye there,My name is Mat, i'm from Malaysia.i'm +ve Hiv, if i having sex with someone which is +ve too, can i get a new HIV virus from him/her?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV disease, either in blocking secondary infections or in preventing certain coinfecting strains from asserting themselves. Antiretroviral agents used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP), taken before a high-risk incident, might work in a similar... Read more »

Gay club and laying dormant? (DORMANT VIRUS)

I french kissed this really hot gay dancer (I'm a straight women) for a few seconds about 2 years ago. My friend told me this person has hiv. We were dancing and he was sweating. Is the french kiss/and sweaty dancing a risk? I worry if the kiss had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...I help fight HIV/AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that causes AIDS. A member of a group of viruses called retroviruses, HIV infects human cells and uses the energy and nutrients provided by those cells to grow... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Impact of Individual Antiretroviral Drugs on the Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients

... The authors noted that the role of exposure to specific antiretroviral drugs on the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in HIV-positive patients has been a subject of debate in medical literature. Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Increased Human Immunodeficiency Virus Loads in Active Methamphetamine Users Are Explained by Reduced Effectiveness of Antiretroviral Therapy

...evaluation; and Tox+, active METH users with positive urine toxicology results at the time of evaluation. "Tox+ subjects' plasma virus loads were significantly higher than Meth+Tox- and METH-Tox- subjects'; cerebrospinal fluid virus loads showed... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Ten Percent of New HIV Cases Have Virus Mutation Associated With Antiretroviral Resistance, Researcher Says at Microbicide Conference

... One in 10 newly diagnosed HIV-positive people have at least one "significant mutation" of the virus "associated with drug resistance," Mark Wainberg, director of the McGill AIDS Centre at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Statement of Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day

...in the United States are among African Americans, even though they represent only 13 percent of the U.S. population. 1 The virus plagues every segment of the African American community: in 2005, black women accounted for two-thirds of newly... Read more »
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I am confused taken meds

Posted by michellej, 1 Reply
I was told that I have AIDS not HIV my mom asked the doctor!First starting me on 4 different types of antiviral meds. ended up in hospitail! I am and have been useing meth since I was 15 and I am biplor/mood disorder ! I am so scarec if I stop... Read more »

U.S. Issues Warning on Use of Anti-AIDS Drug

Posted by Anonymous
...Reuters 1/4/01 Atlanta -- Health-care workers who take nevirapine after possible occupational exposure to the AIDS virus risk potentially life-threatening side effects from the anti-AIDS drug, federal health officials said on Thursday. The... Read more »

"Positive living" eclipsed by ARV (Antiretroviral

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
...medications when what many need is not medications but proper sanitation, food and water. How can anyone be expected to fight off a virus when their living conditions are less than adequate, where people are already suffering from dysentery and... Read more »

joel gallant believes in other viruses!!!

Posted by uhohblita, 3 Replies
...many cases of anxiety-induced fever, pharyngitis, or lymph node enlargement. Moreover, in your opinion, do you note that other viruses (e.g., adeno, coxsackie, pox, emergent newer viruses, etc.) are on the rise which might serve to explain these... Read more »