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Protease Inhibitor Viral Load Levels

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Phase II Clinical Trial Shows Vertex's Experimental Protease Inhibitor Lowers Hepatitis C Viral Loads to Undetectable Levels

Cambridge, Mass.-based pharmaceutical company Vertex Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday released results of a Phase II clinical trial that showed its experimental drug VX-950 lowered hepatitis C viral loads to undetectable levels, the AP/ Houston Chronicle... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Protease Inhibitor Lowers Viral Loads Among HIV-Positive People With Drug Resistance, Study Finds

The protease inhibitor darunavir, sold under the brand name Prezista by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Tibotec Pharmaceuticals , has been found to effectively decrease HIV viral loads after 48 weeks of use among people who have developed drug... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Tibotec Experimental Protease Inhibitor Successfully Lowers Viral Loads of HIV Patients With Drug Resistance, Study Shows

A protease inhibitor produced by the Belgian pharmaceutical company Tibotec , a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has shown success treating HIV-positive people who are resistant to other medications, researchers at the 12th Conference on Retroviruses... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Protease inhibitors and viral load

Specifically how do protease inhibitors work to decrease the about of virus (the viral load) in the serum?...
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
They work inside cells infected with HIV to decrease or eliminate mature, infectious viral particles from leaving the cell.MH... Read more »

Necessity to do Viral Loads before Rxing aProtease Inhibitor

Viral Load testing is very expensive, therefore a number of persons unable to pay or not in a position to make certain freedecissions about there health care are not getting perscribed Protease Inhibitors due to the cost factor of the test. Is it...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
I'm glad you're concerned about this issue. Let me try to give you some ammunition to further your cause.A viral load is about $200, max. If done four times per year, that's $800. Protease inhibitors run around $5000 - $7000 per... Read more »

cryptococcal meningitis Resistant to Protease Inhibitors

What would you advise a patient with CD4s of 8, a Viral Load over 100,000, off therapy for six months because of wasting that may have been caused by meds?weight returned from about 129lbs. to 160lb after stopping Crixivan, Kaletra, Combivir,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Clearly a tough situation. Maximizing nutrition, maintain good body weight (check testosterone levels),prevention of other opportunistic infections, aggressive use of amphotericin--those treatments can often maintain a person's health. There... Read more »

PROTEASE INHIBITOR TREATMENT

I AM HIV POSITIVE, WITH A CD4 COUNT OF 394 AT LAST READING. MY DOCTOR HAD HAD ME ON 400 MG OF RITANOVIR AND 800 MG OF SAQUINAVIR. HE LATER DECREASED MY DOSAGE TO 200 MG OF RITANOVIR AND 400 MG OF SAQUINAVIR. SINCE THIS DECREASE IN DOSAGE, MY VIRAL...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
The usual doses when combining ritonavir and saquinavir are 400 to 600 mg ofritonavir twice daily plus 400 mg of saquinavir. When you use only 200 mg ofritonavir it may be enough to help increase saquinavir levels, but it'scertainly not enough... Read more »
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Hyperglycemia as a result of Protease Inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous
I found a product for reducing glucose levels. It is called Meishan Tea. They make 4 different kinds of tea and I have people that are showing tremendous results on all 4 kinds. However, the people that are presently taking the tea do not have AIDS.... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »

Integrase Inhibitor

Posted by Survivor
I just wanted people realize there is hope and continued very active DRUG DISCOVERY!

Merck, Gilead Release Strong Findings From Clinical Trials of Experimental Integrase Inhibitor Antiretroviral Drugs

Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck and Foster... Read more »

lipodystrophy from protease inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have known about my HIV+ status now for 6 years, and God has blessed me with continued good health. I have accessed all the major medications, plus vitamins to help fight the disease. Once I started taking the new protease inhibitors, I started... Read more »