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What Does Reverse Transcriptase Do During An HIV Infection?

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AIDS InfoNet

Recreational Drugs and HIV

...Fact Sheet 441 ) due to dehydration. GHB (Xyrem, "date rape drug") is normally eliminated from the body by the lungs (through breathing). However, protease inhibitors might increase GHB levels. Interactions with non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (delavirdine, Rescriptor, Fact Sheet 433 ; nevirapine, Viramune, Fact Sheet 431 , and efavirenz, Sustiva, Fact Sheet 432 ) are unknown. Ketamine (K, Special K) This drug is...
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resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum: Discordant couple - Risk of HCV transmission (Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Expanding Epidemic, 2010 )

I have been HIV+ about 5 years now and take Atripla as treatment. My CD4 is 650, viral load below detection. Very recently I have also been found HCV positive. My boyfriend is HIV and HCV negative. We are very much into fisting. He is top only and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...studies have found increasing rates of hepatitis C in MSM (men who have sex with men). See below. Associated risk factors include HIV infection, intravenous drug use, fisting and use of GHB (gamma hydroxyl butyrate). Hepatitis C is transmitted... Read more »

Testing for Reverse Transcriptase

Dear Dr. Holodniy, I have a question regarding the enzyme reverse transcriptase. Is the enzyme present in all HIV infections, as well as other retroviruses. If so, how do you test for the enzyme in a patient?Thanks a lot.
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 enzyme is present in all HIV infections and other retroviral infections. We don't normally test for the RT or RT activity directly. A western blot test, will detect Read more »

Can HIV develop between two persons without HIV +ve?

If suppose one woman have unsafe sexual relation with two men and both of the men and woman are free from HIV at the start of the relationship and also neither the two men nor the woman doesn't have any other relation,is there any chance of HIV...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV/AIDS. In addition, several types of drugs seek to prevent HIV itself from reproducing and destroying the body's immune system: Reverse transcriptase inhibitors attack an HIV enzyme called reverse transcriptase. They include abacavir,... Read more »

diffrence between hiv infection and hiv 1/2 eia oositive and confimation negative

i was tested in september and was eia1/2 positive but confimatory westernBlot1 negative so am i called hiv positive or negative? in my lab test report it was written that negative westernBlot does not exclude hiv infection what does it mean? and i...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...negative confirmatory Western Blot is considered to be a "negative HIV-1 screening test."The disclaimer about not excluding HIV infection refers to situations such as people being tested within their "window period." By the way, all laboratory... Read more »
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Clinical Trials of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (Session 40) Clinical Trials of HIV-1 Protease Inhibitors (Session 41) Immune Reconstitution (Session 45) Treatment of Primary Infection (Session 47)

... Clinical Trials of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (Session 40) START Observational Study: Longitudinal Follow-Up of Virologic and Immunologic Responses in START I Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Treatment of Drug-Susceptible Tuberculosis Disease in HIV-Infected Persons

...persons is the interaction of rifampin (RIF) with certain antiretroviral agents (some protease inhibitors [PIs] and nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors [NRTIs]). Rifabutin, which has fewer problematic drug interactions, may be used as... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Zalcitabine (Hivid, ddC)

...therapy (ART). It was manufactured by Roche. ddC was also known as zalcitabine or dideoxycytidine. ddC was a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or nuke. ddC was approved in 1992 as an antiretroviral drug (ARV) for people with HIV... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Drug Use and HIV

...individual drugs and HIV. Drug and alcohol treatment to stop drug use can lower your risk of HIV infection. Injection and Infection HIV infection spreads easily when people share equipment to use drugs. Sharing equipment also spreads... Read more »
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Should i Start medication???

Posted by coconyc, 3 Replies
Hi im Coco from nyc I though the benefit or getting tested its to find out the virus in a early time so u can get a good treatment that prolong ur life in a better condition, i got my first results a month ago and i got CD4:276 and VL: 3616, so my... Read more »

Vasculitis and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Does anyone know about vasculitis and HIV? Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...approved a number of drugs for treating HIV infection. The first group of drugs used to treat HIV infection, called nucleoside reverse transcriptase (RT) inhibitors, interrupts an early stage of the virus making copies of itself. These drugs may... Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous
...combinations can be the same as those used to treat established HIV infection (Table 3).1 We use the following: A nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) with good central nervous system penetration, such as zidovudine (Retrovir; AZT),... Read more »