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How Do I Know If I'm Resistant To My HIV Meds

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HIV Drug Resistance

Table of Contents What Is Resistance? What Causes Resistance? Cross-Resistance and Sequencing How Do I Know if I Have Drug Resistance? Resistance Testing Avoiding Resistance What Is Resistance? HIV drugs are designed to keep your viral load under control by preventing the virus from reproducing (ormaking copies of itself). Sometimes HIV changes, or mutates as it makes copiesof itself. These changes may allow the virus to...
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HIV RESISTANCE TO MEDS

We have always been told that it is neccesary to keep on all all meds when on HAART to prevent hiv be coming resistant. However i have been curious to know what effect on viral resistance develops when the hiv virus may only be exposed to parts of...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thank you for your question.This is an area of great interest to researchers now. It is true that medications penetrtate to various parts of the body differently. The brain, genital track and intestines may have different levels of medication... Read more »

Resistance (I know, not your "department.") ( BLIPS, 2009)

Dear Dr. Frascino, I know that drug resistance is not your official "department" here at The Body, but the Drug Resistance Expert here no longer takes questions, and I am very anxious about my situation. I tried asking my question to the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Geo,Glad to help.First, I should mention I'm certainly not impressed with a healthcare program that makes you see a different doctor on each visit. Nor am I impressed with Dr. Shrugged-shoulders! What's up with that? That you are... Read more »

More then Meds? Resistance?

This is actually a question that I was just wondering about. Currently my lover is on Combivir and Viracept. If he continues on these meds can the HIV eventually grow immune to them and he would have to start on another med? I'll give an...
Rick Stryker, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Rick Stryker, M.D., M.P.H.

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine
Dear BCB:Yes, it is possible that HIV will become "immune" to your lovers' current medications, but it might not too. We have not had good treatment (like the protease inhibitor Viracept) for HIV long enough to know how durable... Read more »

Resistance to Meds

I've been HIV positive for over 7 years now. Throughout this period I've been successful with treatment and my viral load had been undectable. Recently my doctor changed my therapy (about 6 months ago). Two months ago, my blood work came...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I would try to see someone at a place like NYU, Cornell, Columbia. Bellevue, Beth Israel--if I gave a specific name other persons I know would be upset that I left them off the list (there are alot of good HIV specialist in NYC!!!). You may want to... Read more »
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I lost my resistance to almost every med!

Posted by Anonymous
Hey out there i thought i would give some hope!
I was resistant to almost every medication but my last genotpe shows i got almost all of them back. I'm only resistant to one now and possibly resistant to two and they are all in the same catagory-... Read more »

My strain of HIV is resistant (not completely)

Posted by PozInOrlando, 2 Replies
I found out my strain of HIV is resistant to one entire class of meds (Can't remember the name of the class, but the Dr explained it was the one where you only take 1 pill a day) I almost wanted to cry knowing I have a resistant form of HIV, I... Read more »

Highly resistant HIV

Posted by BeerMe30, 3 Replies
I have posted under different topics, really never sure which one is right. It has been a month after finding out positive. I just found out my lab results yesterday and it shows I have a high resistant form of HIV. I am just looking to hear from... Read more »

Resisting Resistance - A Story

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
Personal Perspective: Resisting Resistance

By Matt Sharp

Spring 2006

In a little over four months I will turn fifty. When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 I never dreamed I'd reach forty. I've survived a long battle with HIV, and it has not been... Read more »