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Metabolic Complications Of Antiretroviral Drugs

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HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part III: Treatments for Metabolic Changes

Table of Contents Fat in the Body Metabolic Problems Treatments Taking Care of Yourself Fat in the Body Fat is needed for the body to function. It plays an important role inkeeping the skin and hair healthy, protecting body organs, and maintaining bodytemperature. Fat is also stored energy. There are different types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat is locateddeep in the belly under the muscle. Subcutaneous fat is the...
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What are the complications of getting pregnant while on Viramune?

I was diagnosed hiv + in Dec 98'. I have been on a combination of Viramune and Combivir since October of 1999, with no major complications or side affects. My viral load is undetected and my tcells go between 550 and 950. I want to get...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The comments concerning Viramune and pregnancy are true for all antiretrovirals as they have not been proven safe in pregnant women; many HIV infected women have been treated with Viramune containing regimens and have had no complications; based on... Read more »

complicated test question

Hello Doctor Bob,Heres an interesting scenario for you. ok well i received a three and half month negative after getting an unprotected bj from girl friend. about four months after testing i started dating another girl and she started to go down on...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I agree your risk is "really low to nonexistent" whether the giver of your "half-a-second" blowjob was HIV positive or negative!Yes, $300 can provide care for a year, including the provision of antiretroviral drugs for a... Read more »

Can anti-biotic drugs complicate/interfere with HIV medication?

Dear Dr,I have been on HIV medication (Sustiva/Kivexa) for three years with success. I am generally fit and healthy although recently experienced tenderness and swelling in one testicle. After getting this checked out, my doctor prescribed...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Hello A in LondonThank you for your question and your kind words about the website.There are no drug-drug interactions between doxycycline or penicillin and the HIV medications you are taking. The side effects you may be experiencing may be from... Read more »

Increasing BP during exercise correlated to exacerbating metabolic syndrome?

Hi Dr. Henry. I am currently on a PI based regime which has contributed to fat mal-distribution and metabolic syndrome symptoms (increased cholesterol, fat around stomach, pre-hypertension.) I have noticed that when I begin an exercise regime, the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Interesting scenario-sounds like a challenge. Perhaps you could discuss use of an alternative regimen with lower risk for fat/metabolic problems (ie a raltegravir based regimen) if you have no history of drug resistance. The fact that exercise... Read more »
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"Positive living" eclipsed by ARV (Antiretroviral

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
"Positive living" eclipsed by ARV (Antiretroviral) drive

Originally, it seemingly appeared that anyone infected with HIV would progress to disease and die. This has long since been realized to no longer be true. We have individuals all over the... Read more »

HIV/AIDS drugs saved my life!

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HIV/AIDS drugs saved my life!

From the time I was told I had six months to live by an AIDS specialist in 1985, I learned from other people infected with HIV and included supplements and complementary therapies. These kept me healthy and were... Read more »

Anyone else taking Drug Holidays?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi everyone, new to this Bulliten Board, but was wondering if anyone else has taken a drug holiday, I know most doctors DO NOT agree with doing this, but was just wondering.


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STI--Going Off Drugs

Posted by lawrencegoodman
I am a reporter working on a story about STI and the possible overprescribing of antiretrovirals/HAART. I am looking for people who might have been put on the drugs in the mid-90s and have gotten off them to do STI. I am looking to find out about a... Read more »