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How To Prevent Diarrhea When You Have Hiv

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Diarrhea and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Diarrhea and HIV How Does Diarrhea Affect the Body? Treating Your Diarrhea Taking Care of Yourself Diarrhea and HIV Diarrhea is one of the most common problems for people living with HIV(HIV+). It can affect as many as 80 percent of HIV+ people. While diarrheacaused by advanced HIV disease has decreased, many HIV+ people have diarrheafrom their HIV drugs. Diarrhea occurs when you have bowel movements more...
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Ongoing Diarrhea

Dr, I have had the trots for years now! HIV manifested in my gut in 2001 and that has been my biggest problem ever since. I take 2 x Aluvia(as new Kaletra is known in South Africa) and 1 x Combivir twice a day. I have been on this regimen since the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If any alternative protease inhibitors are available to you (such as atazanavir or darunavir) they often have a lower rate of loose stools then with lopinavir. Also a switch from Combivir to Truvada or Epzicom (if HLA B5701 negative)might help some... Read more »

chronic diarrhea

About a month ago i was switched to an aggressive therapy to treat my hiv. I am entering my 25th year of infection and have experienced drug resistance. The drugs I'm taking are Norvir, Prezista, AZT, Isentress, and Truvada. I'm...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Many of your meds can result in stomach sympptoms including diarrhea (ritonavir, darunavir, tenofovor and AZT). I have some patients who use imodium on a regular basis and try to titrate (find the best dose for them) it to minimize the appearance... Read more »


I'v been on the Hiv cocktail, Truvada & Kaletra for just under a year & the diarrhea just won't stop. I've taken over the counter anti-diarrhea mes & still have diarrhea. What can I do to prevent diarrhea ?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Some patients continue to have annoying diarrhea from Kaletra (less often due to Truvada) as you describe. For some patients, calcium supplements (such as Os-cal), fiber tablets, rr use of active culture yogurt helps some patients. If nothing... Read more »

Sustiva, Truvada and Diarrhea (take 2)

Ok this is the second time I am writing about this problem.My meds - I take Sustiva at night before I go to bed 2 hours after my last meal. I take Truvada in the morning around 10 or so. My status I was diagnosed this past summer. Just two weeks...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If one of your HIV meds is causing the diarrhea then a switch to an alternative is often considered (tenofovir can cause diarrhea so switching to abacavir could help and then there is no need for extra meds). One to two standard Os-Cal tablets is... Read more »
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diarrhea in hiv

Posted by anonymous123, 3 Replies
can diarrhea be the only symptom for hiv or do u have to have multiple symptoms? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I live in Los Angeles and has HIV since 1982, I've had diarrhea for three weeks and got on a vitamin supplement with herbs, probiotics,colon cleanser, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidents and enzymes. My diarrhea went away in one and a half days and I... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hey there everyone. FIrst of all i wanted to say I appreciate what everyone does in this forum, supporting each other and giving confort. I hope it will remain this way for ever since it brings ALOT of relief to people who worry about HIV, including... Read more »

AIDS related diarrhea

Posted by Anonymous
AIDS-related diarrhea? I am interested in learning more about its
prevalence, causes and possible treatments. Any feedback is
welcome. Thanks

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