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Quitting Hiv Meds

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

To Manage Your HIV, Quit Smoking or Take Your Meds on Time, There's an App for That

There seems to be an app for almost everything these days, and managing your health and HIV is no exception. Let's face it: Not everyone can afford a smartphone and not everybody wants one, but if you're the proud owner of one of these hand-held... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware: Senator Won't Quit on Needle Exchange

Delaware has the nation's fifth-highest HIV infection rate, and about 43 percent of the state's AIDS cases are attributed to IV drug use, compared with just 25 percent nationally. Delaware law requires a prescription to buy or possess a hypodermic... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

BBC Quits HIV-Prevention Campaign Over USAID Policy Requiring Pledge Against Commercial Sex Work

The BBC World Service Trust decided to suspend an HIV-prevention campaign rather than comply with a U.S. policy requiring that recipients of U.S. HIV/AIDS service grants pledge to oppose commercial sex work, London's Guardian reports. The... Read more »
Ask the Experts

To Quit or Not to Quit (meds)

Hi Doctors,Thanks for a truly invaluable forum! I was diagnosed over two years ago in May. I was caught right in the middle of seroconverting and became part of a seroconversion study group. My VL load at that time was extraordinarily high, but I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good question. Unfortunately, we lack the long-term data that would help us make the most useful recommendations with any confidence. Switching to a simpler regimen like AZT + 3TC + abacavir (2 pills two times a day) often will result in improved... Read more »

quit my meds for two years. feel so much better.

I have been positive for 15 years with HIV two years after I started taking crixivan then after i tried that I started taking atripla, after that i tried the combo Truvada Norvir and lexiva. All of theses combinations have made my belly so big not...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
ChadI do not doubt that you feel better now that you are not on HIV medications. But you know that you will eventually pay the price of not having a controlled HIV viral load. We have seen several studies that show that once you lose CD4 cells to... Read more »

Cobra ran out...can I quit my meds for a month?

Hi,I have been HIV+ since 12/06 and started immediatly on atripla. I have taken atripla religiously since diagnosed, (and its working really well) but i am in a dilema... my cobra ran out and i have a month before my new insurance is offered to...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Unfortunately yours is not an uncommon problem these days. It is a good reason for people to advocate with their congressional reps to ensure true reform of our health care system (for those of us in the USA).If you are no eligible for ADAP which... Read more »

Quiting/Swtching meds +nutrition/excercise

Dear Nelson,I have being hiv+ since year 2000. I am 43 y.o. I started to take Trizivir twice a day since 2003. My Cd4 counts has been in the range of 1100 to 1300 per mL (30 t0 40 per cent) and udetectable eversince (below 75 counts), other values...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Hola compatriotaAZT ( part of Trizivir) is linked to fat loss under the skin. It can also have muscle related toxicities. It has been linked to muscle myopathy (weakness.) In vitro and animal studies have found it to be toxic not only to... Read more »
Connect With Others

What to expect - want to quit my job - should I?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hello, I am the wife of a hiv+ husband. We are both the breadwinners in the family of four kids. He was diagnosed three years ago and is not on meds, his cd4 is around 320 and viral load around 50k to 80k. We are planning on buying a bigger... Read more »

quit moaning and start living

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

I tested positive in August of 1988. It is my guess that I was exposed in 1982 by a
wonderful man who died in 1984. However, there is no way to ever truly know because
I was a rampaging sexual predator... Read more »

Im ready to quit...

Posted by southernpride34, 4 Replies
Ok where do i begin, its been 13yrs and im tired and ready to quit these meds. I feel like this my body, mind, and spirit is already gone so what else do I have to live for. Each and everyday my body is getting worse ajd i as myself what am i doing?... Read more »

Possible HIV, School, Meds, Advice???

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello. I am currently in college and about to ente rmy last semester. I am going to go get tested soon, but I am afraid. Apart for the obvious reasons to worry, I am also worrying about treatment is I test +. THe treatments I know are very... Read more »