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Stopping Oral Contraceptives

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AIDS InfoNet

Etravirine (Intelence)

...angina. Interactions are also possible with several drugs to lower cholesterol. Make sure that your health care provider knows about ALL drugs and supplements you are taking. Etravirine does not appear to affect blood levels of oral contraceptives , antacids or methadone . Etravirine has not been studied with buprenorphine . The herb St. John's Wort (See Fact Sheet 729 ) lowers the blood levels of some nonnucleoside reverse...
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oral contraceptives and hiv meds

I am currently taking neverapine and kivexa and would like to know what oral contraceptive is safe to take with the above meds.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Concomitant use of nevirapine and hormonal contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol may result in decreased plasma concentrations of the contraceptive, thereby making it less effective. Therefore, hormonal contraception should not be used as... Read more »

Birth Control causing higher levels of HIV? Is this really so?

Hello to my favorite doctor! This is mommy of three and I cannot belive what I just read. The following article terrifies me because I was put back on oral contraceptives due to my excessive bleeding etc. and now I am wondering if I am in serious...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey there Mommy of Three,You can relax. Your fears are completely unwarranted. Please note the last paragraph, which states: "While women taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs would not likely be affected by higher estrogen and progesterone levels from... Read more »

RIFAFOUR treatment of TB and Pregnancy sideeffects

My wife was diagnosed of TB early February 2007 and since then she has been on TB treatment RIFAFOUR (4tablets daily x 5 days a week). At the same time she was taking Marvelon pills as a contraceptive. She then missed her monthly period in May/June...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...tuberculosis. It contains rifampin (rifampicin) and this agent increases the activity of liver enzymes which metabolize estrogens in oral contraceptives. This in turn results in lower efficacy of contraceptives and increased risk of pregnancy.... Read more »

Stopped smoking-V.L. shot up.

Whats up,I recently stopped smoking two or so months ago, when I did my blood work just last week, My V. Load shot up nearly a 1,000 points and my liver showed signs of unsteady rest. The Doctors have asked me if I've been sick, and I haven't. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the risk of stroke and increases the likelihood of peripheral vascular disease and aortic aneurysm. Women over age 35 who use oral contraceptives and smoke are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and blood clots in the legs. Cigarette... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Patterns of Oral Contraceptive Pill-Taking and Condom Use Among Adolescent Contraceptive Pill Users

The authors of this study sought to describe daily adherence patterns of youth oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use, to analyze OCP protection on an event level basis, and to examine pill-taking and condom use during method transitions. Females ages... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Efavirenz Significantly Reduces Levels of Some Oral Contraceptives

A PK study evaluated the effect of co-administration of EFV 600 mg on an ethinylestradiol (EE) and norgestimate (NGM)-containing oral contraceptive (OC). This was an open-label, 3-period, single-sequence study conducted in healthy female... Read more »
The Body PRO

Significant Association Found Between Oral Contraceptive Use and HIV Acquisition

...was not randomized. The primary analysis compared the rate of HIV-1 acquisition in women using hormonal contraception (DMPA or oral contraceptives) to that of women either using no contraception or who had undergone surgical sterilization (e.g.,... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


Common Name: atazanavir sulfate Brand Name: Reyataz Class: HIV protease inhibitor (PI) Standard dose: One 300 mg capsule plus 100 mg Norvir, once daily (this dose must be used if taking Viread... Read more »
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When Can I stop testing?

Posted by john00, 2 Replies
Everyones comments would be appreciated. I have had many encounters over the past few years of asian massage parlors that ended in handjob as well as prostrate massage(her in me without protectioin). I have also visited a call girl that perofrmed... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...I wasnt about to take any AIDS medicines based on the information Id heard about side effects, and I discontinued the use of oral contraceptives in 1999. So having no further need for my doctor, I decided to stop seeing her in March of 1998 when... Read more »

Can I finally Stop? Experts pls answer.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I had a low risk oral sex exposure with a woman of unknown status but risky occupation and from Russia. I've tested negative with PCR at 10 & 28 days. I've tested negative with Elisa (not sure of gen) from my doctor at 2, 4, and 7 weeks. Also,... Read more »

Stop looking for a five legged cat

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Please people stop trying to look for other possibilities as to how INFECTED became poz, and accept that maybe it did happen just like he said. Don't say things like there is more to his story, or hoax just so you can feel better about your own... Read more »