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Viral Decay Acceleration And Hiv

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Faster Viral Decay With Raltegravir

The lead agent in the integrase inhibitor drug class, raltegravir (RAL, MK-0518) has demonstrated potent antiretroviral activity in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials conducted in both treatment-naive 1 and treatment-experienced individuals 2 when... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Short-Term Marijuana Use Does Not Accelerate HIV Infection, Hinder Antiretroviral Treatment, Study Says

Short-term use of marijuana or cannabinoid capsules does not accelerate HIV infection by lowering CD4 T-cell counts or increasing viral loads and does not hinder treatment with protease inhibitors, according to a study published in the Aug. 19 issue... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Cure Research Momentum Accelerates

The research effort to discover a cure for HIV infection continues to gain momentum, with several important developments having occurred since the last issue of TAGline . In July, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)... Read more »
Ask the Experts

tooth decay

I am 47, female and have been on Combivir and Nevirapine for almost 4 years. Is there any connection between these drugs and tooth decay, or with HIV? When I started treatment my Cd4 count was down to 8...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I am not aware that use of Combivir and Viramune per se causes tooth decay. Many HIV+ patients often suffer from many oral problems including gingivitis and accelerated tooth decay but often treatment with HIV drugs helps that (as well as a trip to... Read more »


I think the p.c. word is morbidity . I recently had an argument with one of the very few friends iv disclosed to who stated , "people don't die from aids anymore". For whatever reason after 4 years despite three meds ( kaletra,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Pillboy,Morbidity means illness. Mortality refers to pushing up daisies.Your friend is woefully misinformed. HIV/AIDS is a slowly progressive disease that does not have a cure. That makes it a terminal (fatal) condition. Yes, we have made... Read more »

Can Ecstasy and GHB accelerate HIV?

Hello, I discovered that I have HIV during a routine exam half year ago. I'm really fine and my doctor said that I don't need to take any kind of ARVs now. My first exam was CD4: 787 and Viral Load: 31.000. My second exam is CD4: 886 and...
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
Thanks for writing. I'm glad you are inquiring about these matters, but I cannot give you a definitive answer. It is true that some studies have shown that ecstasy has a negative effect on the body's immune system. Specifics as to how... Read more »

Herpes attack/CD4's and accelerated HIV progression?

Hi, Dr. Holodniy;HIV poz for 4 years, CD4's >650 usually, and up to 1,000 two weeks ago. CD4 percentage 46 percent, higher than usual 40%.It turns out that I have just had a herpes attack for the first time since becoming HIV positive 4...
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
The general trend is for CD4 counts to go down and HIV viral load to up with an acute outbreak, particularly in those patients not on HIV treatment. It is unlikely that the CD4 increase you have experienced will result in faster HIV progression.... Read more »
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Tooth Decay

Posted by TheLoneRanger, 2 Replies
Look guys, I know I have been told many times that mine was a low risk exposure (protected vaginal w/ condom slip, and receiving unprotected oral). And I've been told that my gingivitis getting worse is not a ARS. But since this started about two... Read more »

CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
took hiv viral load after 6 months exposure they did the old
hiv viral load not the one that can detect down to 20 copies
hiv viral load <400. would your viral load be over 400 after 6 months exposure? Read more »

Viral culture test for hiv. gmanbill?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can anyone tell me if having a viral culture is a good idea,
for finding hiv.ive already had dna,bdna,pcr,antibodys,antigen.

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