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How Long Does Atazanavir Stay In Your Body

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Atazanavir (Reyataz)

What Is Atazanavir? Atazanavir, also called Reyataz, is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Atazanavir is a protease inhibitor manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Atazanavir was approved by the FDA in 2003. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Protease inhibitors prevent the protease enzyme from working. HIV protease acts like a chemical scissor. It cuts the raw material for HIV...
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how long does the virus stay in a body before the first signal

how long will the virus stay in ur body before you will start seeing the signs and also what are the first signa....
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
HIV infection may not have evident signs for many years. It is a good idea to be tested if you are concerned. Be well.... Read more »

How long can HIV in vaginal fluid stay alive outside the body on your fingers?

I would to ask you if someone has touched small quantity of HIV+ vaginal fluid and after a while his fingers have dried out, is it considered for HIV to be dead? How long could stay alive outside the body?...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,As this is a hypothetical situation let me address all the pieces going on here.Once fluid carrying HIV dries, the HIV in that fluid is absolutely dead. HIV can't live outside the body, so once it's in the open air... Read more »

how long can hiv stay dormant in the body?

my exboyfriend just informed me that he is hiv+ we were together for 1 1/2 yrs and never used protection of any kind. I got a hiv test done and it came back negative. I heard it was possible that i have it, but it dormant in my body. Is this true?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The first thing you need to do is start using protection when you have sex. This protects you and others from further spread of HIV infection. You can repeat the test as much as you like, but the test does not protect you from infection.When someone... Read more »

how to switch from efavirenz to atazanavir

My name is Anthony and I leave in Mendoza, Argentina. I have been taking Atripla since I was diagnosed in 2009 and despite the great lab results - I am undetectable and my CD4 count is 720, I am considering switching to Reyataz due to serious side...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Dear Anthony,Sorry to hear about the depression. Yes, efavirenz (which is part of Atripla) can cause or worsen symptoms of depression.The best way to switch would be to do it right away. If you took the Atripla last night, just start the Truvada,... Read more »
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