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Taking 3TC With Hiv Meds

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...drugs. Effective and still widely used, it's still the sum of its parts, so suffers from the anemia, fatigue, and lipoatrophy caused by its AZT component. These days there are better options for those who don't want to take their meds twice a day, so it's no longer a preferred medication in the Guidelines. But the positive central nervous system (CNS) penetration profile makes it valuable for those experiencing cognitive difficulties. It's...
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PEP med

Dear Doctor, I am HIV+, taking 3TC, tenofovir and Efavirenz for 5 months. CD4 count 350 and Viral load undetectable. I am top and have anus sex with my male partner two days ago. I penetrated it for about 2 minutes and out due to his pain. i...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
That is certainly one of the combinations that could be recommended for PEP. Read more »

Taking only 2 of 3 RX HIV Meds

I take Lexiva, Zerit and Epivir.I ran out of Lexiva for 5 days and decided not to take my Zerit and Epivir until I got a new supply of Lexiva so i can take all three meds at the same time.Is it most likely best to have continued to taken the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.You did the right (if not optimal) thing. It's really never a good idea to take only 2 of your 3 ongoing HIV medications. Had you done this, after 5 days, you'd only have d4T (Zerit) and 3TC (Epivir) in your body-- a dual... Read more »

Throwing up within minutes after taking meds

If one throws up within a few minutes after taking meds (3tc, d4t and stocrin), should you immediately take it again or wait until the next normal time?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Stocrine based regimens). If you are throwing up the pill fragments that is an urgent problem that needs to be addressed with your HIV specialist. A wide range of anti-nausea meds are available to diminish/stop nauseas due to medication (which... Read more »

Resistant to 3TC

Dear Dr. Sherer,I was diagnosed with HIV 18 months ago. My CD4 count is still over 460 (VL over 150.000)but unfortunatly kaposi started and my doctor in Istanbul/Turkey advised me to start with the treatment doesn't matter whatever my CD4 count is....
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...Not all HIV drug resistance is the same, and 3TC resistance with the M184V mutation is an excellent example.Like other resistance mutations, Read more »
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