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How Long Does Epivir Stay In Your Body

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The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

...Transcription Once the virus has become part of (is integrated into) the CD4 cell, itcommands the CD4 cell to start making new HIV proteins. The proteins are thebuilding blocks for new HIV viruses. They are produced in long chains. Assembly An HIV enzyme called protease cuts the long chains of HIV proteins intosmaller pieces. As the smaller protein pieces come together with copies ofHIV's RNA, a new virus is...
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Experiencing facial and body wasting on Zerit, Epivir, and Sustiva

Dear Dr. Altough I am not an expert writing in English I will try to make me undertand.I am on five year of treatment of anti retroviral, currently on 3TC + D4T + Efavirenz. Since I started on this schedule I have been experiencing fat wasting. I am...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...strategy will help reverse lipoatrophy. An alternative tactic would be to simply stop the d4T and continue lamivudine (3TC, Epivir) and efavirenz (Sustiva). This regimen would probably be strong enough to control viral replication, but there... Read more »

Am I taking too many meds?

Dear Dr. McGowan,About 2 months ago I was given a new cocktail by my physician. When I started this combination my VL was undetectable and my CD-4 cells were 310. The virus is resistent to most of the older type meds but now I am on: TMC125,...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
...was to avoid a toxicity from a prior regimen, then that would be a good reason. Assuming it was to keep your virus suppressed long-term, the only way to answer your question about the need for all these pills would be to know how many "fully"... Read more »

How long HIV virus survive in a Dead Human body

QUESTION #1: Respected Sir, I want to know, How long HIV virus survive in a dead human body as soon as a person dies. How to handle the dead body which is infected with HIV? How to wrap? What sort of precaution should be taken in this regard? ...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...body is dead, the more difficult it is for HIV to survive. Refrigeration slows down this process. Once the virus leaves the human body, it dies within minutes, since the virus is immediately going into an environment in which it cannot survive.... Read more »

How long to stay on a regimen when VL is rebounding?

I have been on a first regimen of Norvir, Fortavase, Zerit and Epivir for two years now (initially was on AZT instead of the Zerit, but switched to the Zerit after two months when AZT caused severe anemia). I never missed a dose, and my VL stayed...
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
Something in, or about you has created this "blip". Hopefuly this was not a lab error issue. Make sure that there are no new meds causing drug interactions or lowered levels of your HIV meds. Hopefully, you are still adherent to your regimen. Make... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Treatment Guidelines

...treatmentavailable today. The goals are the same for people just starting treatment andthose who have been on treatment for a long time: Preserve or improve the health of your immune system by increasing your CD4 cells Get your... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...forms the nucleoside backbone for nearly all HAART regimens since the HAART era began. While its use is often associated with long term successful virus suppression, it is one of the drugs in the regimen to which resistance is commonly observed... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

...stavudine (d4T), retrovir (AZT) or efavirenz (Sustiva,) talk to your doctor about changing medications. However, it can take a long time to reverse changes in body shape. Implants or injections are the only way to deal with sunken cheeks. These... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Body Composition Tests

... What Are Body Composition Tests? Anthropometry Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) Body Mass Index (BMI) Computerized Tomography Read more »
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On the rise 3.5 years post HIV/AIDS diagnosis

Posted by PositiveInPVD, 5 Replies
...Your body will return. I am confident I wont die of AIDS anymore. I'll probably have a heartattack from all the crap I eat long before that! LOL And also my doctor is changing my Epivir and Viread combo to Truvada, so now I am going to be taking... Read more »

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...can you please send me a picture of the human body. thanks Read more »

stopping hiv meds

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My doctor yesterday threw me for a loop when he asked me about stopping my meds. I have been HIV+ since 1989 with a viral load of 200 or under and a T cell count of over 1100. These numbers have remained relatively consistent for years. Does anyone... Read more »


Posted by PozInFl, 7 Replies
Hi Everyone, I'm very confused about an issue recently presented to me by my specialist...I respect him immensely, and he is the best in this area...I was diagnosed in June, 2004 as HIV +, seroconverted in May, 2004...My CD4 is 944 and viral load... Read more »