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How Much Is Cocktail Medication For Aids Patients

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Study: No Advantage to Adding Fourth Drug to AIDS Cocktail

A three-year study of 765 patients has found no advantage in adding a fourth drug to the standard three-drug cocktail for treating newly diagnosed HIV patients. "Triple drug treatment has been the standard approach to treatment of HIV infection for... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Afghanistan's Toxic Cocktail of Drugs, Graft, Mafia

A top Afghan health ministry official supports moving injection drug users off heroin and onto methadone as a way to combat HIV/AIDS. "By stopping drug use, you stop HIV transmission in our community," said Sayed Habib, the health ministry's top... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Drafts New Rules for Testing, Approving Drug Cocktails; Public-Private Partnership for TB Treatment Development Launched

The FDA is drafting new guidelines for testing and approving multidrug cocktails for life-threatening diseases, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Many diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and cancer, require multidrug combinations. Such drug... Read more »
Ask the Experts

WHAT COCKTAIL TO BE TAKEN DURING THE COURSE OF PREGNANCY?

DEAR DR. ABERG,I AM 31 YEARS OLD, HIV POSITIVE AND PLANNING TO GET PREGNANT NEXT YEAR. MY NUMBERS ACCORDING TO MY SPECIALIST ARE GOODS THAT I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A MEDICATION, YET. MY VL IS 1,975 FROM 1180 AFTER 6 MONTHS AND MY CD4 IS 780 FROM...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
The current guidelines suggest that women who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) before they get pregnant stay on their ART during their pregnancy. Women who are not on ART at the time of conception should begin ART around 12-14 weeks.The rationale... Read more »

Bad Labs or Bad Cocktail?

Recently went for my quarterly visit to find a VL increase from 0 to 1600 and a TCell drop from 770 to 469; percentage 37% to 13%. My doctor said it's probably a lab error but I'm not 100% sure of that. I never miss meds, am healthy, eat,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,If your HIV specialist is convinced these changes are due to a laboratory error and not other causes that might affect these tests (intercurrent illness, vaccinations, etc.), I see no reason to wait a month to repeat the tests. Although I... Read more »

Outlook on this cocktail

Hi,and thank you for this very informative site.I was diagnosed 9/02 with hiv but at the time the doctor waited on the meds because the vl was 170000 and cd4 was 540.So the being of 5/03 he started me on trizivir,viread and sustiva because the vl...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
You've touched on a topic that is heavily debated among HIV clinicians and researchers, i.e., is nevirapine as effective as efavirenz? I am in the camp that believes that there is more evidence regarding the effectiveness of efavirenz - and... Read more »

CD4 231 VL: 1000 Cocktail now or later?

First off, thanks for this forum and your help--a Godsend. Asking for my good friend. The VL is 1000 only and CD4 hovering between 220 to 233. The doctor recently commented that 233 is not much different from 199 and perhaps cocktail should be...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post and kind words.I agree with your friends doctor. A CD4 count around 200 is a very strong reason to start therapy for HIV. While no single lab test should be used as the sole basis for the decision to start therapy or not, a... Read more »
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Is the triple cocktail helping to spread AIDS?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I've written what is currently the only computer application solely dedicated to the mathematical analysis of HIV. It's called HIV pathogenesis modeler, and can be downloaded at:
http://www.agmh.org/softw.htm

While using the SI model in the program, I... Read more »

Cocktail Daze

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
With the new guidlines coming into effect in Jan what will doctors tell their patients who are now taking the cocktail. "Oh I'm sorry you did not need to take it after all" or " I guess I don't really know what I'm doing please don't sue me." One... Read more »

Faith versus Cocktails

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I.ve been positive for 12 years, 4 years ago I started monitoring my bloodwork after my lover past away. My T-cell count was between 200-300 4 yrs later they finally dropped to 178 since July then to 132, then finally to 93 currently. Despite my... Read more »

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 »