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Should Someone With Hiv Take Acyclovir

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Is it safe for Hiv Positive people to take Acyclovir?

I am hiv positive and have genital herpes. I am not on hiv meds yet.My cd4 count is 540/21% viral load- 24000. When I have a herpes outbreak I take Acyclovir 800 mg- three times a day for five days. I've read of a recent study that says this...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

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...Hello and thanks for your post.There's no risk of HIV resistance from acyclovir. Indeed, there is data that treatment of herpes with acyclovir (or other HSV medications) may actually have benefits in lowering Read more »

Acyclovir reducing HIV Viral Load

I was diagnosed HIV+ in March 2008. Apart from HIV1 also diagnosed with HSV1 and HPV genitally. I... Read more »

Acyclovir and Rhinoceros Milk for HIV

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Acyclovir: The Next New HIV Drug?

... In two poster presentations at CROI 2009 in Montreal, Canada, acyclovir, a drug used to treat herpes, shows that it also inhibits HIV during the reverse transcription (RT) step in the virus's life Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Acyclovir and Transmission of HIV-1 From Persons Infected With HIV-1 and HSV-2

...not taking antiretroviral therapy at time of enrollment. HIV-positive partners were randomized to receive either a placebo or acyclovir (400mg orally, twice daily). At all visits, participants were given intensive counseling about risk reduction,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Herpes Drug Acyclovir Does Not Reduce Risk of HIV Transmission, Does Slow HIV Progression, Study Says

...Disease Control and Prevention . --> Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org . You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report , search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv .... Read more »
The Body PRO

Surprisingly, Acyclovir for HSV-2 Treatment Fails to Curtail HIV Acquisition

...University of Washington at Seattle, discusses surprisingly disappointing results from a study examining whether the use of acyclovir to treat herpes simplex virus type-2 infection can, in turn, help reduce a person's risk of HIV acquisition. ... Read more »
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Acyclovir - HIV Seroconversion Delay

Posted by worriedman460, 3 Replies
...lesion (which i popped into a napkin) on my penis... went to doc, got herpes testing..and he gave me a really high dose of acyclovir ..800 mg 5 times a day... i took that for like a month... i had all types of symptoms, sore throat, dry skin,... Read more »

Zovirax(acyclovir) and HIV tests

Posted by Anonymous
...Does the HIV test results get affected if one is on Zovirax(acyclovir) medication when the blood sample for the test is taken. Zovirax is a medication for HSV. Read more »

I LOVE the UK National Health Service

Posted by younguk
...Atripla rash and the hospital dispensed me free Citirzine and loratadine even though it only costs a few pounds. Even stuff like acyclovir for shingles and dovobet for psoriasis only costs 7.20. I think if you earn 24 000 pa you pay around 900... Read more »

a grateful post

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...thank you to all of you who post, and who reply. My love is HIV+, six months ago his vl was >750000, his cd4 was 28. He had acyclovir resistant shingles, was begining to get ks like lesions (never diag), thrush, wasting syndrome, nausea,... Read more »