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What Is An Otc Drug For Herpes

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs....
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OTC Oraquick

I just read the article about the new over the counter Oraquick test and on Bloomberg it's saying that for every 13 true positives, one will be false...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThe new home test is just as accurate at the testing you would have done in a clinic setting. The false positive or false negative can happen in either instance. This is why the guidelines for HIV testing are to be initially tested at 3 weeks then... Read more »

OTC Interactions

Dr. BobI have just been put on Atripla and I was wondering should I stop taking OTC medications such as Tylenol or Sudafed for headaches and allergy symptoms?ThanksLewis...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Lewis,Your HIV specialist should have reviewed this type of information with you. The answer is no, there are no adverse drug-drug interactions between Atripla and Tylenol or Sudafed.Dr. Bob... Read more »

Is it safe to consume OTC Aloe Vera Juice with

I was diagnosed with AIDS three months ago and have just begun a combination of Famvir, Zerit, Viracept, Epivir, and temporarily, Sulfameth/Trimethoprim to prevent pneumonia. I am not asking for advice as to whether Aloe Vera Juice is effective...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
I think it is OK. But this type of possible drug interaction is not completely understood.Alvan Fisher, M.D.... Read more »

OTC supplements & HIV medications

I am taking Viread, Sustiva and Epivir. A friend told me about a supplement that boosts the immune system called N Acetal Cystine (I think this is the spelling). Are there contraindications to my trying the supplement? And do you know if there is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Keith-Thanks for your post.There aren't any significant drug-drug interactions between your meds and NAC.There's also no convincing evidence that I'm aware of that there's benefits of the use of NAC. <a... Read more »
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oraquick hiv otc test question

Posted by kbuddy77, 2 Replies
is 6 weeks NEG a good indication. I have read articles that most people show antibodies at 25 days and 99% of people will show poz by 6 weeks. I took a blood and Oraquick test at 6 weeks and neg. Can i move on Read more »

oraquick hiv otc test question

Posted by kbuddy77, 3 Replies
I have a quick question for you .... I took the new oraquick test last night cause i had already ordered it i ran the test and the red line at "C" was there No red line at "T" But if you looked very closley with a flashlight you could see a... Read more »

Herpes and HIV/delayed sero

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know whether taking Famvir (an antiviral) for a rash (herpes like burning sensation) for 5 days (this was 2 weeks after exposure) would delay seroconversion? Could it delay it beyond 3 months? Is there any real need to test at 6 months... Read more »