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HIV Treatment 101

Forget what you've heard about treatment for HIV. HIV treatment in 2009 is a world away from what it was even two years ago. Important new medications and older, proven medications can now be taken less frequently with reduced side effects. Nonetheless, choosing HIV medications and determining when to begin treatment are big decisions. Fortunately, newly infected people not on treatment typically can go 10 years without a single symptom. This...
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new hiv med Raltegravir looks good and is the future of hiv meds

Dr Bob, l read there is a new hiv drug on the market which is early in its stage called raltegravir and its a integrase inhibitor, a nother name for it could be isentress, the drug has no reported side effects... Dr Bob what do you know about this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,What do I know about Isentress (raltegravir)?? Well, I know it quite well. In fact, I just swallowed one!Isentress is indeed an inhibitor of the HIV-1 integrase enzyme. This is a novel new mechanism of action for antiretroviral agents. It is... Read more »

Depression Meds With HIV Meds

I was diagnosed with HIV in 2008, but pretty sure I was infected in 2001. I haven't started HIV meds yet due to good numbers. I've been thinking I should start a depression med to deal with depression and anxiety--sometimes I get very...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
As with all medication issues you should collaborate closely with your physician. It sounds like your anxiety is really interfering with your quality of life. I have had many clients who greatly benefited from Cymbalta and careful monitoring... Read more »

HIV MEDS are the MOST TOXIC MEDS EVER

This is really not a question but more of a diatribe.I HATE, HATE, HATE what these meds have done to my body and have tried everything, w/in reason, to make my body look better. Nutrition, Exercise and thousands of dollars of corrective surgery....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Your experience and frustration noted. Contrary to your bad experience, the vast majority of patients currently starting newer HIV regimens have minimal side effects and are not having the fat problems seen with earlier regimens. Aging, starting at... Read more »

SWITCHING HIV MEDS THEN STOPPING TO TAKE NEW MEDS

HI , I HAVE BEEN HIV + SINCE 1998 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO BE PUT ON KALETRA , I HAVE BEEN UNDETECTABLE EVER SINCE ,BUT MY CHOLESTEROL HAS BEEN HIGH FOR SOME TIME NOW, MY DOCTOR SAID THAT IT WAS A GOOD TIME TO SWITCH TO COMPLERA , SO I DID , BUT...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.It's not unusual to interrupt treatment to see if medications are causing side effects- indeed, this is the one circumstance where stopping medications makes sense- the US DHHS treatment guidelines addresses this... Read more »
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HIV meds and Depression meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello. I have known of my positive status for two years now. I was put on Epivir, Viread, and Sustiva in February of 2004. My labs are good, and I feel great, as my viral load is almost undetectable. This summer I have had some problems with... Read more »

hiv meds and "sreet" drugs

Posted by Anonymous
hi

has anyone experienced drugs like ecstasy, coke or ketamine while on HIV meds. Is this affecting the treatment ???

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Question re: boils - meds or HIV related?

Posted by dj1979, 1 Reply
I have a problem. I have been HIV+ for about 2 1/2 years, started on meds in Jan. this year due to falling CD4 (down to 227). Have had to make a couple med changes, currently on Combivir and Kaletra.

About a month ago I got a boil (or abscess, or... Read more »

Travelling with HIV Meds

Posted by jon_yvr, 6 Replies
I am on 6 meds and I'm going the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy for a month. I'll be carrying alot of bottles. Has anyone had any experience taking medications through customs in these countries? Any suggestions for what I should do: try to... Read more »