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Scientific Method And Hiv Drug Therapy

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AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

...and converted to a viral count. Bayer produces this test. The NASBA ( n ucleic a cid s equence b ased a mplification) method amplifies viral proteins to derive a count. It is manufactured by bioMerieux. Different test methods often give different results for the same sample. Because the tests are different, you should stick with the same kind of test to measure your viral load over time. Viral loads are usually reported as copies of...
Ask the Experts

do ks lesions lessen after the beginning of hiv drug therapy

I am hiv positive and just recovered from a severe bout of pcp. Over the past month I have (already biopsied) developed KS lesions on my chest legs feet and neck I am told these lesions will lessen and eventually fade over time after I have been on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...effective (and adhered to) antiretroviral therapy is started. This process can take several months, but sure beats getting cancer chemotherapy.All the best, BY Read more »

Do I Start Drug Therapy?

I have no HIV/AIDS-related illness, symptoms, but my latest bloodwork came back with a CD4 in the mid 300s and my viral load was 39900. My last test was three months earlier and had a CD4 in the mid 400s and a viral load of 29000. At the time of...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Active infections can significantly influence CD4 counts and HIV viral loads. I wouldn't place much significance on any changes seen in your last labs, since they were drawn "under the influence" Read more »

Drug therapy for HIV infected 18 month old?

PLEASE HELP!We have adopted 18 month old twins from Tanzania, Africa. The little girl is HIV+ and we need some advice as to whether we should be starting medication now or not, and if so - what medication to use. We are still living in Tanzania...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...HiWhether your daughter is a candidate for HIV therapy depends predominantly on the strength of her immune system at present and whether she has any symptoms or signs of HIV Read more »

Aids wasting and drug therapy

Is there a correlation between viral supression and drastic weight loss? Since I've been a zero dectecion and I've had difficulty keeping my lean muscle mass. I'm currently on Viadex, Viriad, Invariz and Rescriptor. I've also been experiencing...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
There is some relation between viral suppression and lipo, but the Videx you are taking may be part of the problem in particular it can have higher levels when combined with Viread. Talk to your MD about it. Maybe you can stop the Videx. DTD Read more »
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International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care

Report from the Third International Conference on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection Birmingham, United Kingdom

...people on under two months therapy). Return to Contents For more summary data from the Third International Conference on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, see IAPAC's AIDScan report. Read more »
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The 8th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection

... The 8th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM NOVEMBER 12-16, 2006 // ***********************************************// Read more »
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The 6th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection

... The Body Covers: The 6th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection Glasgow, United Kingdom November 17-21, 2002 • Conference Summaries • Coverage From Other Sources Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Fauci: New Findings Help Explain "Rebound" of HIV in Patients Who Discontinue Triple-Drug Therapy

...the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have helped answer an important question in the treatment of HIV-infected individuals: why, in patients receiving aggressive antiretroviral therapy who have no easily detectable... Read more »
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others using drug therapy in pregnancy

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'm 15 wks. pregnant and have been on abacavir,viracept and 3tc. I'm concerned about first trimester exposure and also about abacavir because it's been used so little in pregnancy. I'd like to connect with other women who have delivered or are... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...1995 and 2003 at 12 locations in Europe and the USA. Instead of finding data that provide a ringing endorsement of anti-HIV drug therapy, the studys results refute popular claims that the newer anti-HIV meds extend life or improve health. ... Read more »

front line

Posted by Anonymous
...do something that otherwise they would be quite unable to do financially, which is to put ... several millions of people on drug therapy for life in a situation where if that drug therapy were to be interrupted because the money wasn't there, the... Read more »

Drug Therapy

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...article....your point is already well taken! What does anyone think of the latest news that the urine from pregnant women kill HIV. Does that mean we should be drinking it (I'm serious)? I am interested in sharing information with everyone... Read more »