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How Does Azt Help Fight Hiv

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An Overview of Trizivir (AZT/3TC/Abacavir)

a-BAK-a-veer, la-MI-vyoo-deen, zye-DOE-vyoo-deen --> Brand Name: Trizivir Other Name(s): ABC/3TC/ZDV, abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Trizivir can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include allergic reactions, lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), liver problems, and blood disorders,...
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Stopping AZT vs.starting procrit

I know that AZT can cause anemia. But I also have read here where you say that procrit can help fight anemia.Do you think it is necessary to stop AZT and take procrit? Or will taking procrit allow me to stay on AZT (it's been good to me)?hope...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Good question! And one I havent addressed in a while. Yes, AZT (Retrovir, Combivir, Trizivir) is well known to suppress bone marrow function, including the production of red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. However, AZT in its various... Read more »

AZT (Retrovir) & Pregnancy How to know if your resistient to AZT

In 1988 I had a child. 3 months later I was informed her father tested positive. So did I. The baby did not. 1990 - 1991 I took AZT (Retrovir) 1 pill 5 x a day. Then stopped taking it. In 1993 I became pregnant again. Started taking AZT again...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The risk of transmitting HIV to your infant is directly linked to your viral load; if your viral load is less than 50 copies/ml your risk is less than 1%; the therapy that reduces your viral load to less than 50 can include many different drugs and... Read more »

3TC/AZT to 3TC/TDF to 3TC/AZT again

Hi,Here in the Philippines, some treatment hubs are experiencing shortage in Tenofovir meds.In effect, those who experienced incompatibility with Zidovudine (AZT) and were switched to Tenofovir (TDF) had to switch back to AZT. What are the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello thank you for posting from the Philippines.As long as there has been no issues with virologic failure or drug resistance, there should be no problem switching from one medication to another and back again. Of course be mindful that switching... Read more »

AZT and skin darkening

Hi,I am a African American male and I have been on AZT for about 6 months nowand my skin has darken significantly. It is to the point where people arestarting to stare at me. Initially I didn't have a problem with dark skinsince I am an African...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hi-Skin and nail discoloration is not an uncommon complaint among African-Americans taking AZT. Whether to modify your current treatment regimen and how depends on several important factors. First, it should be made clear whether the AZT you are... Read more »
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Help The Fight

Posted by Anonymous
Hello All

Please go to and download the program fightAIDS@home and your computer will be used to test ne PI and fight HIV!!!! By thousands of people lending some of there processor it will enable companys to test these... Read more »

You can help fight AIDS at home!

Posted by Nocturnity
Hi guys

I'm not sure how many of you are aware of the World Community Grid? It's an organization that uses GRID computing as a way to aid in research and HIV/AIDS is big on their agenda. I've been a member since 2006.

Basically, you install a small... Read more »

Worried Wells help fight for a Cure

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Please go to this site and fill out this petition to send to our president George W. Bush.

His policy on stem cell medical research is hindering progress that will eventually lead to cures and advanced treatments for Heart... Read more »

HIV and Nutrition fighting back

Posted by Atlanta2005, 1 Reply
Ever since I lost my lover and a few friends when no meds were available, I have been following the frontlines and behind the lines of HIV. Its been 20 years. I am not an expert, but I know more about a lot of things than my own doctor does. And I... Read more »