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What Drugs Are Used To Prevent Hiv Infection In Utero

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Preventing Other Infections

In HIV, your CD4 count is key. It's the most important measure of your immune system's health. When it's high, you're in good shape. But when it's low, you're at risk for developing a number of potentially dangerous illnesses. These illnesses are generally known as "opportunistic infections," or OIs for short. Are You At Risk? The danger zone for your CD4 count is around 200. If your CD4 count goes below this level (or your CD4 percentage...
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hiv transmission in utero

Can you please detail how a baby can be infected with hiv in the uterus, as noted in one of your previous answers, during the 2nd & 3rd trimester? What specifically are the risks during delivery, would it have to be a skin trauma to the baby...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The mechanism of how HIV crosses the placenta is unclear at present; we do know that high viral load is a predisposing factor; infection during the birth process[intrapartum infection] probably ocurrs when the baby is exposed to virus in the... Read more »

Self-prescribing HIV medications to prevent infection

I have a question regarding recent exposure to HIV andHIV medications. About a month and a half ago I wasexposed to HIV though sexual contact. I went to mylocal city clinic and was placed on the Post ExposurePrevention Program (PEP). I was given...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question.This is a perfect example of what a person should not do. A person should never take any prescription medications for any medical condition, unless they are under a doctors care. If you start self-prescribing... Read more »

pretaking HAART to prevent HIV infection

Hello,I have a degree in biology and is in process of going to Pharmacy school in the fall. I did a research for my undergrad thesis on HIV and found out that a person could go to the hospital immediately after exposure to HIV and be given an...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) can help prevent HIV transmission. Unfortunately it is not 100% effective, even when appropriately prescribed and taken immediately after HIV exposure. Yours truly is an excellent example of this phenomenon. I... Read more »

Do HIV drugs prevent lymphoma from popping up?

I stoped taking my HIV meds December of 2000 after taking them for 6 yrs. Right afterwords I did not feel very well for a long time. I had figured that this would happen as my body adjusted to no meds. Now lumps are appering in my groin my arm pit...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Dear Danny, First I would recommend that you NOT jump the gun and give yourself a lymphoma diagnosis. There are many causes of swellings you describe, many of which are not related to lymphoma. Let's see what the MRI and CT scans show. You... Read more »
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