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How Long Can A Person Take HIV Therapy

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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...beginning to sort out the condition, it is still not well understood. It's not clear who will more likely experience IRIS, though it most often occurs in people with severely damaged immune systems shortly after they start taking HIV therapy. More study needs to tease out its risk factors and to find screening tools to help predict and manage the condition. The symptoms are also found in HIV-negative people. However, this publication...
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Gene Therapy trial for HIV starting soon

Hi Dr Keith, please keep up the great work you do for hivers....l live in sydney and have been hiv positive for 6 years my age now is 37 years old,l have put my hand up for a new phase gene therapy trail starting at st vincents hospital...The person...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...of gene therapy for HIV infection has any proven long term safety and efficacy data. Interest is high conceptually. Current HIV therapy in resource rich areas is generally highly effective and tolerable. I would review the consent form for the... Read more »

foggy eyes

I have been hiv+ for 2yr and I am currently on HAART(REYATAZ/ZIAGEN/VIREAD) My CD4 is 350 and VL undetectable.One month after being diagnised for HIV I had CMV retinitis.I was put on valgancyclovir.When I was made to stop taking the valgancyclovir...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Sometimes CMV eye infection can flare in the setting of effective HIV therapy during the early months of treatment. It is unclear how long you have been on your HAART regimen or what your CD4 count has done Read more »

Mental effects of HIV therapy drugs

My lover (+) and I (-) have been together 2.5 years. We met and he told me about 2 months after. We did not have sex until after he told me. After being together about 1 year, he became ill. I found a doctor and he is now doing great physically. For...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
...say that it is very rare for depression to be a direct side effect of HIV treatment. People living with HIV and people on prolonged medical treatments can experience depression for a variety of reasons, but it is unlikely that it would be caused... Read more »

Effects of Long term use of the cocktail

I am a person that was diagnosed in 1995. I have been on assorted different cocktails for the past 10 years or so. Do you know if anyone has suffered any ill effects to their memory or brain in general due to extended use of these drugs. I was a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...structural brain problem due to antiretroviral therapy over the first 10 years. HIV causes brain abnormalities so generally use of HIV therapy has either reversed or protected the brain from those problems. KH Read more »
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Strategies for HIV Therapy

... Introduction What Is HIV and HIV Disease? The Goals of HIV Therapy The Challenges of Therapy Why Use Anti-HIV Therapy? When Should I Start Treatment? Quality of Life Issues Viral Read more »
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Making Decisions About Therapies

...When you're reading about HIV and HIV treatments, consider the source of the information. Pharmaceutical companies that market HIV therapies have an interest in selling products and may not always provide a balanced view of their products.... Read more »
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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...symptoms like these, talk to your doctor. A recent study showed that people who already have MAC when they start potent anti-HIV therapy sometimes have an unusual response. It has been called MAC reversal syndrome and results from improved... Read more »
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Strategies for Third-Line HIV Therapy

...emphasize two points. The first is that resistance tests give the most meaningful results when they're done while you're on HIV therapy. This way, the results are likely most relevant to the drugs you're taking. The other is that the results are... Read more »
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Resistant, then what? How many lines of therapy?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...until the second or third line begins to fail. Anyone have an answer on this? I'm generally trying to get an idea of just how long meds will work in general. When is it considered "salvage" and once you get there, does this mean your days are... Read more »

Next 10-15

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...first informed about my HIV status, the next thing that was important to me, aside from my own personal numbers, was where, was HIV therapy at this present moment and where is it going to be in the next ten years. Based on this need to fulfill my... Read more »

New HIV therapy shows promise

Posted by losing_it, 1 Reply
...Saw this on cnn today..... WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers may finally be on track to fight the AIDS virus by blocking a long-elusive target, an HIV enzyme called integrase. An experimental drug that inhibits the enzyme helped to keep the... Read more »

HIV Antibody Testing

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...anyone know why HIV antibody tests are done, rather than just directly checking for the HIV virus in the bloodstream? In HIV+ people, their blood can be checked for viral loads, why can't they do this when doing a HIV test, rather than test for... Read more »