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How Long Can Untreated Hiv Patient Live

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Long-term HIV Patient, age 60, with stable virile load

Hi,I have been hiv+ for 23 years, whose CD4 count has fluctuated around 600. Viral load usually below 30,000. Four years ago my doctor took me off of meds, the logic that the drugs do not appear to affect the numbers either way. My new doc, who has...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
I would agree with getting you back on meds, although I am not sure I understand the need for 5 drugs. Was significant resistance found? I am also not sure about the need for AZT in your case. It would be helpful if you had the resistance test... Read more »

Long-Term HIV Patient, age 60, with stable virile load

Response to Dr. Holodniy's Question:I have Resistance: T69A, K70E, M184V and Other mutations, 98S,... Read more »

New onset Diabetes in Long Term HIV patients.

As a 51y/o male and 26yr HIV+ long term survivor on Lexiva and Truvada with CD4~400/Viral... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Incomplete Peripheral CD4+ Cell Count Restoration in HIV-Infected Patients Receiving Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment

... In most HIV-positive patients, antiretroviral therapy can fully restore a normal CD4+ cell count of more than 500 cells/mm 3 . However, the Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United Kingdom: Long-Term Effects of Drugs Worry HIV Patients

...opportunistic infections caused by HIV. Third on the list of concerns was worry about short-term side effects of the drugs. Patients were less worried about HIV drugs' interaction with other medications. The UK Coalition of People Living with HIV... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Long-Term Interruption of HIV Treatment May Be Safe in Certain Patients

...Interrupting HIV treatment for an extended period and then reinitiating therapy might be safe in certain patients, according to a study by Northwestern Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Long Island Clinic Fosters Hope for AIDS Patients

...certain death. Twenty years later, the once-grim ward now feels like the outpatient clinic it is, thanks to medical advances. "[Patients would] come to the hospital sick, they they'd leave. They'd come back in sicker, then they'd leave again.... Read more »
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Drug Holidays may be over for HIV patients.

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...Good article on a new study about HIV drug holidays. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ReproductiveHealth/story?id=2687714&page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312 Read more »

AIDS Patients Face Downside of Living Longer

Posted by ScotCharles
...his future. But at what cost? That is the question, heretical to some, that is now being voiced by scientists, doctors and patients encountering a constellation of ailments showing up prematurely or in disproportionate numbers among the first... Read more »

Long-term HIV and Aids survivors' health worrying

Posted by ScotCharles
...From KaiserNet January 8, 2008 Some experts and doctors recently have voiced concerns that people who were diagnosed with HIV and Aids in the early years of the epidemic are experiencing "premature[e]" or "disproportionate numbers" of ailments... Read more »

patient assistance programs

Posted by douglass, 3 Replies
...hey everybody- just wanted to let you know that there are some great patient assistance programs out there for alot of your hiv needs- for free meds go to your local social services office-for treatment Read more »