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How Long Does Lamivudine Stay In Your Body

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AIDS InfoNet

Lamivudine (Epivir)

...has more information about guidelines for the use of ART. If you take lamivudine with other ARVs, you can reduce your viral load to extremely low levels, and increase your CD4 cell counts. This should mean staying healthier longer. A different formulation of lamivudine has been approved for people with hepatitis B. Some people with HIV had their hepatitis B get worse after they stopped taking lamivudine. Get tested for hepatitis B before you...
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how long the treatment of lamivudine

How long is the treatment of lamivudine? My boyfriend was already taking it for 3 montns? Thank you very much..
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
The duration of therapy is not a set one - it depends on the response of the patient. The levels of virus in the blood and the outcome of hepatitis B e antigen are important levels to follow. Read more »

Can PEP cause body fat changes?

Hello there,I have recently had a random sexual encounter where I was the insertive partner and the condom broke. I found out after that the guy I was with had HIV so I decided to take PEP. The doctor put me on 28 days of Kaletra. So while I am...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...There is absolutely no evidence that body fat changes can occur this rapidly after starting antiretroviral therapy of any kind. Any proposed mechanisms of such changes 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 »

PCR Test?

Hey Doctor Bob: FIRST AND FOREMOST, you should remind all your readers that end of year charity contributions are PERFECT for tax deductions! I donate to your charity every December! Thanks for your kind notes! Fast question for you... I've read...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...liver damage. During acute hepatitis B infection, liver enzyme levels can be temporarily elevated, but this rarely leads to long-term liver problems. In chronic hepatitis B, these levels, particularly ALT levels, can either be periodically or... Read more »
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AIDSinfo

An Overview of Epivir (3TC, Lamivudine)

...Contraindications Individuals should tell a doctor about any medical problems before taking this medicine. Possible Side Effects Along with its desired effects, lamivudine can cause some unwanted effects. Serious side effects of this... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Combivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine)

...you can reduce your viral load to extremely low levels, and increase your CD4 cell counts. This should mean staying healthier longer. Children under 12 years old and people with kidney problems should not take Combivir. Combivir provides two... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

...you can reduce your viral load to extremely low levels, and increase your CD4 cell counts. This should mean staying healthier longer. Epzicom provides two drugs in one pill. It can be more convenient to use Epzicom than some other combinations of... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Trizivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine + Abacavir)

...you can reduce your viral load to extremely low levels, and increase your CD4 cell counts. This should mean staying healthier longer. Trizivir provides three drugs in one pill. It can be more convenient to use Trizivir than some other... Read more »
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Thanks for your support and any more advice?

Posted by motherinlaw, 3 Replies
...where this will lead, but she is going to go stay with her mother who will "nag" her to take her meds. This does not seem lke a long term solution unless she intends to stay with her mother. The doctors strongly advised her to stay in the... Read more »

Probably About To Start Meds

Posted by southerncharm, 6 Replies
...99 VL 88K) but I didn't start meds they put me on antibiotics to prevent PCP but it only made me break out in a horrible full body rash. Anyway I went to another hospital to seek treatment and I they have done all the bloodwork and ran all the... Read more »

HIV / AIDS DOCS

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, or "monastery of the caves." The picturesque grounds are believed to date back to the 11th century, and have a long and storied history. Lavra's HIV clinic is situated in an old building on the sacred grounds of the... Read more »

outside the body

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Ok so experts please tell me how long HIV can last outside the body in a bodilyfluid or blood ? and is easy transferrable if outside the body at say 2-3 hours ? Read more »