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When to Start Anti-HIV Medications

Terms Used in This Fact Sheet Antiretroviral: A medication that prevents a retrovirus, such as HIV, from making copies of itself. Anti-HIV medications are also called antiretrovirals. Antiretroviral therapy (ART): The recommended treatment for HIV. ART involves taking a combination of three or more anti-HIV medications from at least two different drug classes every day to control the virus. CD4 count: The number of CD4 cells in a sample...
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Interactions between cold medications and HIV medications

If I were to develop a cold are there any cold medications that I should not take? How long should I wait if still suffering from symptons of a cold to see a MD?...
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
Over the counter routine cold meds are OK to take with HIV meds. If there is low grade fever, sore throat, runny nose, etc, these are usually self limited. If yellow sputum, high fever, prolonged headache, stiff neck, or other more severe symptoms... Read more »

On hiv medication but HIV negative

Hi Bob, Please answer my question. I was wrongy treated for an infection I do not have. (because of false positive result)I have great difficulties to let go of thinking that I might have HIV due to low CD4, enlarged spleen etc. When can I be close...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.It is difficult to specifically address your question based on the limited information provided. How long were you on antiretrovirals? Which antiretrovirals did you take? How low was your CD4? What is the case of your enlarged spleen? Etc. I... Read more »

Bipolar Medication and HIV

I am not on any HIV medication at the moment - only being diagnosed three months ago. I am, however, being treated for Bipolar with Lamictal, Cipramil and Epilim. I have read that Epilim can interact with HIV meds so am worried about what the...
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
Most HIV meds are not metabolized by the same pathway as Epilim (valproic acid). Certain HIV meds like AZT or Kaletra are known to affect or be affected by co-administration of valproic acid. But, there are likely many other options for HIV meds... Read more »

Whether to medicate HIV patients

Hi Judith. Thank you for your contributions here.I've been HIV+ for over 12 years. Initially, the medication goal was to keep the viral load down as much as possible. But we've found that there are a myriad of side effects from the...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The US Public Health Service has published and recently (Feb 2001) updated HIV treatment guidelines that parallel what your doctor is saying. I have a different opinion, and am willing to treat HIV-infected individuals who want and are ready for... Read more »
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Medications and HIV Test

Posted by kbuddy77, 2 Replies
Hey guys quick question does anyone know if Lithum, Seraquil, Ambien Effect a Hiv test I tested neg at 2 mths. Im not a worry well i just wanted to ask this early on but forgot thanks!! Read more »

Medication affecting HIV test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Where can I find out information about medication affecting results of HIV test? I was on antifungal when I took my test & worried about false negative.

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Medical Text on HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was reading at the medical school's bookstore the textbook they use on HIV infection. In the chapter on the window period, they said it is basically reduced to 5 weeks. They said that an Elisa test @ 6 weeks is most likely to be positive.

Now, we... Read more »

HIV Medications

Posted by BoyDave, 3 Replies
Does anyone have to pay (cash) for their HIV medications? If so I need some advice. I'm taking Truvada, Reyataz & Norvir. Read more »