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What Is The Main Goal Of HIV Treatments

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HIV Treatment Guidelines

Table of Contents Key Changes in the Revised February 2013 Guidelines (US) What Are Treatment Guidelines? Treatment Goals When to Start Treatment? What to Start With? Resistance Testing Taking Care of Yourself Key Changes in the Revised February 2013 Guidelines (US) Some of the important updates in the most recent version of the US Departmentof Health and Human Service's (DHHS) guidelines for the treatment of HIV...
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treatment goals HCV and HIV

Hi Doctor: Please help us understand the difference.. In HCV treatment, the goal seems to be to get HCV viremia to undetectable which is equivalent to a cure. In HIV the goal is to get viremia to undetectable, which is not a cure, but better...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Yes, hepatitis C virus can be eradicated with medications because it does not cross into the nucleus of the host cell and insert its own genetic material into the DNA like HIV does. This "Trojan horse" attribute of HIV is why cure is not... Read more »

treatment goals HCV and HIV

Hi Doctor:Please help us understand the difference..In HCV treatment, the goal seems to be to get HCV viremia to undetectable which is equivalent to a cure.In HIV the goal is to get viremia to undetectable, which is not a cure, but better...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Glad you asked! HIV is a retrovirus and immediately upon infection integrates itself into your genome, your DNA. HCV is a flavivirus, its cousins are Yellow Fever virus, Dengue Fever virus and West Nile virus, they do not integrate themselves into... Read more »

What is the Goal of taking HIV Meds?

Hi Dr. I'd like to know when taking HIV meds what is the ultimate goal? Is it to raise CD4 count? Reduce viral load? And if that happens and someone gets to normal levels do they feel better? Does having a normal CD4 count and zero viral load...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
It is all about the CD4 cells. HIV therapy is like birth control for the virus, it prevents it from reproducing - making more of itself. Less virus means more CD4 cells. More CD4 cells mean better protection against infection AND better ability... Read more »

KS, Nodules in Main Bronchus, what should I do?

You recently responded to my post titled 'KS, Chemotherapy and CD4-Cells; How much of a hit will my CD4 cells take if I start chemotherapy' Thank you for your response. The update is I had a CT scan and the report says Nodules in Main...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I certainly can understand your frustration, but it seems to me that things are happening as they should be happening. When nodules are seen on CT scan, then it is reasonable that a lung doctor look down there to figure out what they are due to.... Read more »
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Living w/HIV in Maine

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I want to move to Southern Maine. Living in NYC, I am currently spoiled by all the services available in NYC. How does Maine rate in terms of services, informed doctors, support organizations, etc.

If anyone has an answer or knows where I can get... Read more »

Anyone in Maine that I can talk to about my HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I am really depressed about my HIV and would love to find a positive friend that I can talk to in Maine. Im in South Portland Read more »

Maine

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Less stress is my ongoing goal

Posted by DanielMark, 1 Reply
One thing I find important in living with HIV is trying to keep stressors to a minimum. One of the largest sources of stress to me comes when I am in conflict with other people's ideas, methods, beliefs, or behaviour. Sometimes, when I am in... Read more »