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Most Common Side Effects Of Hiv

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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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Are vision problems a common side effect?

Hello,My husband is HIV+ for over nine years now, and he has been experiencing vision problems since 2003. He was hospitalized in 2003 with a "stroke-like episode" and has been suspicious of HIV drugs since then. He even tried to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
None of these drugs have been implicated as a direct cause of visual loss. Stopping HIV meds can lead to increased acute risk for a variety of AIDS and non-AIDS medical problems (including acute HIV syndrome, heart disease, liver, kidney disease) so... Read more »

Common Side Effects

Is it common to experience ongoing side effects whilst taking anti viral medication to treat HIV?For example: I am on Atripla and although all my tests come back fine sometimes I have random bouts of excessive wind, or stomach upsets, or experience...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Some patients will have ongoing GI complaints from either the tenofovir or the efavirenz in Atripa. The only way to find out would be to change your HIV meds in a careful manner to see what happens to your symptoms (which are fairly nonspecific and... Read more »

How Common

How common are serious side effects to treatment. Are the newer drugs better? What are the best ways to avoid side effects?...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
Medications which treat HIV can cause side effects, and some side effect, even if it is very minor, is relatively common. The good news is that many side effects are minor, and if they are more serious, that there are many different drugs to choose... Read more »

Which HIV-1 Drug Resistance Mutations Are Common in Clinical Practice?

I know most mutations are polymorphisms...but which are most common and have significance for treatment?...
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
Go to:, and on the left side tabs, go to resistance mutations. That will lead to a table that shows all the HIV medication associated mutations.... Read more »
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Common questions/concerns about HIV/AIDS please read

Posted by kbuddy77, 1 Reply

Questions and Answers about HIV
1. What is HIV? What is AIDS?
2. Who can get HIV?
3. What are the ways in which HIV can be spread from one person to another?
4. Can I get HIV from oral sex?
5. How long does HIV live outside the body?
6. Can having another... Read more »

initial symptoms of hiv - most common symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello, I need some help from others with hiv. What was and when did it hit you the inital onset of strange symptoms. I know one said they felt whipped out with tired feeling. Was that immed. after sexual episode or acouple weeks later. Also, were... Read more »

Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV+

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Yet more reason to be cautious about use of HAART and to work on liver health by not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.


Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV-Infected Patients After... Read more »

folliculitis common for HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have developed severe folliculitis on my inner legs, and in my pubic hair. Is this worrisome for HIV? Can dry skin cause it? Read more »