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How Longer Can You Live Using Azt

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An Overview of Retrovir (Zidovudine, AZT)

zye-DOE-vyoo-deen Brand Name: Retrovir Other Name(s): AZT, ZDV, azidothymidine Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV WARNING: Zidovudine can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), liver problems, and blood disorders, including severe anemia. Use...
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Treatment for AZT-Induced Anemia

Mr. Molaghan--Your forum has been most helpful--thank you. Last Fall, I started medications (Combivar/Viracept) and became anemic from AZT in a matter of weeks. (My viral load was in the 200,000s and my CD4 was 850). Two months later, my doctor...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
HelloThanks for the feedback. Changing treatment is an option as part of the intervention to manage AZT induced anemia. Treatment with Procrit has been proven to improve the anemia, as well as the symptoms of fatigue and energy loss. Anemia can... Read more »

d4t for AZT?

Hello,We live in Cambodia and my girlfriend is in a free program and has been on a combination of NVP/3TC/d4t for almost 3 years now.Her progress has been quite well with increasing CD4 counts and an undetectable VL.However, she started experiencing...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
It is not a mistake to change to AZT from d4T but it is not the optimal solution. AZT is less likely to lead to progressive fat atrophy, but it may still occur. Studies have shown that tenofovir (Viread) is a better option. Abacavir (Ziagen) would... Read more »

switching from norvir & azt & protease inhibitors

DEAR DR. LEE, i have all the adverse side effects of norvir and found dictionary.com as a site to give me their definitions. now, i know that adverse side effects can and are caused by everything & companies put contradictory side effects down:...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
The side effects which occur with the protease inhibitors (or other medications) are sometimes very uncomfortable or even harmful. Certainly each individual must weigh the pluses (controlling HIV and perhaps living longer) with the minuses... Read more »

HIV infected living longer?

Hello I am 25 years old and was diagnosed 2 months ago, and I was recently infected about 6 months ago. I have no clue about this diseases and everyday I learn more. My first tought was that I was going to die in the next 2-3 years. My CD4 counts...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
People are now living longer and healthier because of advances in treatment over the last 10 years. Your numbers are good and generally antiretroviral therapy is not started until the CD4 count is under 350. Here is a <a... Read more »
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AIDS Patients Face Downside of Living Longer

Posted by ScotCharles
From the Sunday January 6, 2008 New York Times Front Section

CHICAGO John Holloway received a diagnosis of AIDS nearly two decades ago, when the disease was a speedy death sentence and treatment a distant dream.

Yet at 59 he is alive, thanks to a... Read more »

no longer just HIV+

Posted by Anonymous, 9 Replies
This is my first time to this site, my doctor thought it would be good for me to use this as a place for learning and help.

I went to an STD clinic to get my test, knowing I would test poz. Like so many other gay men, I got into the crystal... Read more »

Negative test results are no longer valid...

Posted by dsaklad
Negative test results are no longer valid if there's another sexual contact.

Besides AIDS HIV acquired immune deficiency syndrome human immunodeficiency virus
it would be a good idea to for both sex partners to get tested together for the other
sexually... Read more »

Total Top No Longer Fooling Himself

Posted by JakeLA, 10 Replies
I was more than taken aback when I learned 4/4/06 the DNA HIV test I had taken two days prior had come back positive. I am 29, bi but mostly gay, white male with a graduate degree and a voracious sexual appetite, who is now experiencing IRONY at... Read more »