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Raltegravir (Isentress)

What Is Raltegravir? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Raltegravir Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does it React With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Raltegravir? Raltegravir (Isentress) is a drug used for antiviral therapy against HIV. It was formerly known as MK-0518. It is manufactured by Merck. Raltegravir is the first "integrase inhibitor" drug. When HIV infects a cell, it combines its...
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Low White blood cell count

Hi Dr Bob.I've recently started triple therapy, Kaletra, Epivir, Viread, my HIV status had gone undected for 10+ years.I'm 37 and maleMy CD4 count is currently 9 and viral load is in excess of 1 million. I'm one of the lucky few and 6...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Joe,If you have specific questions about your HIV treatment regimen, don't be shy about pressing your AIDS specialist for very specific answers. Potential complications of medications or possible side effects/toxicities should be reviewed at... Read more »

low white cell count help

I have been on peginterferon and rebetol for 4 months. I have just received word my white blood count is low. What does this mean. I am very ill and just this week gave up work-too stressful. A hematologist from the lab called to tell me my...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
This is one of the relatively common side effect of peginterferon. It can easily be treated with GMCSF or GCSF which should usually be given in two doses per week. It is usually not something terrible and can be treated successfully. Some people... Read more »

Elevated liver enzymes and low white blood cell count

First, let me say that some of your responses I have read have left me in tears. If ever want to try a second career stand up comedy could be a good fit.My situation I have had 4 patners in the last 3 months all hetro vaginal sex and one hetro anal...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your internist is not well versed in HIV and hepatitis C? Hmmm . . . then why is he still your internist?Unprotected sex does place you at risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently, screening is warranted. I agree: a negative HIV-antibody test... Read more »

low white blood cells

i have hep c and i am taking copegasus. the 5 pills a day and the 1 shot a week. i tested my blood last week. i have been on the copegasus for 3 months now. my concern are the white blood cells. my wbc count is 2.9 and my neutrophils (absolute)...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Yes - the pegylated interferon part of your treatment (the shot) is causing your white blood cells to decline. This is a common side effect but nothing to worry about. Your physician will follow this carefully and if your counts become very low... Read more »
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hsv2 and low white blood cell count

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Could having hsv2 delay hiv antibody results(keep coming up negative but positve)? And could a low white blood cell count 3.9 normal is 3.8- 10.5 be a sign of possible aids or hiv becoming aids even though negative on antibody test and negative on... Read more »

Low White Blood Cell count

Posted by adlers, 1 Reply
Hi,
I recently had a Full Blood Count taken as routine as i have had bad stomach aches etc recently. When they returned they showed a low white blood cell count. The blood was taken about a week after a very drunken incident with a guy. We had sex... Read more »

Neg at 8.5 wks but low "normal" white blood count

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi guys,
To cut a long story short: partner recently tested positive. I tested negative on a rapid hospital test where they drew blood and this was at the 8.5 wk mark since my last exposure via unprotected insertive anal intercouse. However, I have... Read more »

Question on White cell count

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Thanks in advance for your help. I had on June 12 a risk of exposure. But I have a question on the blood count if anyone can help.

June 12 Possible exposure
July 13 got sick 2 days of fever and swolen throat
July 27 went to Doctor and did a blood test

Fr... Read more »