Taking Bactrim With Hiv Meds

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My Doctors has prescribed Bactrim as part of my regimen. While I take my ARVs regularly, I have not been taking my Bactrim Meds as regularly as I was afraid of developing Kidney problems. What are the implications?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

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