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How Do Oral Contraceptives Work

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AIDS InfoNet

Etravirine (Intelence)

...angina. Interactions are also possible with several drugs to lower cholesterol. Make sure that your health care provider knows about ALL drugs and supplements you are taking. Etravirine does not appear to affect blood levels of oral contraceptives , antacids or methadone . Etravirine has not been studied with buprenorphine . The herb St. John's Wort (See Fact Sheet 729 ) lowers the blood levels of some nonnucleoside reverse...
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Work-related incident - I work at a Clinic

Dr. Bob, I work at a clinic. I went to work today and I was the first one to arrive. I walked up to the thermostat and adjusted the air. Two issues. We have some very nice people that work with us that are HIV+. One of the HIV+ people closes the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Cassie,The HIV-transmission risk is completely nonexistent.Donation information for The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation can be found on the foundation's Web site, well. Stop worrying.Dr. Bob Read more »

the pill

Hello, I am 17 and HIV pos, female. I am on Sustiva. CD4 230 and steady I read that the pill (HRT) ie hormone replacement therapy can help with bad acne - which I have all over my face. believe me I am not going to use it to have unprotected...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Sustiva can decrease the levels and thus the effectiveness of many oral contraceptives. There is less but still slight concern about oral contraceptives impacting the levels of Sustiva. I often have patients with Read more »

oral contraceptives and hiv meds

I am currently taking neverapine and kivexa and would like to know what oral contraceptive is safe to take with the above meds.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Concomitant use of nevirapine and hormonal contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol may result in decreased plasma concentrations of the contraceptive, thereby making it less effective. Therefore, hormonal contraception should not be used as... Read more »

To work or not to work

History: 29 year old male admitted into hospital with PCP and Cryptosporidium. Viral load 7 million, CD4 7. After two months in hospital I then rebuilt my life and was employed meds Nervipine & Truvada. My CD 4 is static at 250, viral load >50. In...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...upon what you have written I believe you have a good chance of doing very well for a long time. Ultimately, your ability to work will depend upon many factors including how you feel. In fact, this issue is probably more important or relevant... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Efavirenz Significantly Reduces Levels of Some Oral Contraceptives

...concern though, is that women may mistakenly assume that abnormal bleeding while on the pill, means that the contraceptive is not working, and because of this they decide to stop taking it, and subsequently become pregnant. The take home... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Women and HIV: Hormonal Contraception for HIV Positive Women

...women. In an analysis conducted within the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), HIV positive women were less likely to use oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, and the "rhythm method" (monitoring the menstrual cycle and avoiding sex when... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Patterns of Oral Contraceptive Pill-Taking and Condom Use Among Adolescent Contraceptive Pill Users

The authors of this study sought to describe daily adherence patterns of youth oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use, to analyze OCP protection on an event level basis, and to examine pill-taking and condom use during method transitions. Females ages... Read more »
The Body PRO

Significant Association Found Between Oral Contraceptive Use and HIV Acquisition

...was not randomized. The primary analysis compared the rate of HIV-1 acquisition in women using hormonal contraception (DMPA or oral contraceptives) to that of women either using no contraception or who had undergone surgical sterilization (e.g.,... Read more »
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Work place woes

Posted by 12yrspoz, 1 Reply
...How do you deal with the stress of having HIV and co-workers that stress you even more? Read more »

depression medication dont work on me

Posted by nycman, 1 Reply
...i used to take depression medication years ago and i stop because didnt work on my. now i trying aggain and dont like. they just dont work on me and i feel like a somby and high. please any coments anybody Read more »

Will I be able to work??

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I posted some questions over in the "I just tested positive forum" under the heading "Will I be able to work??". I'd really be grateful for any responses to that post. Thx and God bless you all. Read more »

looking for work

Posted by Anonymous
...i am looking for work. use to be in entertaiment(singing/dance/chore/voice over......can still do choreography/or voice overs.but open to other work. Read more »