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Who Takes NNRTIs

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The Well Project


Table of Contents What Is PK? How Is PK Studied? Drug Interactions and Drug Boosting Do Men and Women Process Drugs Differently? Pharmacokinetic Testing How to Make PK Work for You References What Is PK? Pharmacokinetics, also known as PK, is the study of how medications behave in and move through the body. PK is used to figure out how much drug gets into your bloodstream and how long it stays there. ...
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What Hiv meds are best for me

I am a 50 yo man I have had hiv for 3-4 years my Tcells are aproching 350- They are actually 381 my doctor said i should start thinking about meds. I am resistant to Viramune,Resciptor and sustiva- so i can not take one pill like many others- Please...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.I agree that it's time to start HIV treatments; indeed, while not often appreciated, older persons with HIV have a higher risk of having AIDS complications than younger ones, hence, I'll recommend starting treatment sooner, or... Read more »

Low CD4

My husband has been faithfully on meds since diagnosed, for the last 1.5 years. His viral load is now undetectable but his CD4 count is still low, 170. It's been holding steady there. It seems you do not recommend IL2. Is this still true? What...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Thank you for your posting.You are correct that I generally do not recommend IL2 because it is associated with considerable toxicity and at this time there is no convincing data that it changes outcomes. In fact, I believe that most patients like... Read more »


I was diagnosed in 2002 and have been taking Trizivir and Sustiva. My viral load went undetectable almost immediately. My original cd4 count was around 100. After 4 years now, my viral load is still undetectable (or supressed) but I just can't seem...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
One of the intriguing observations we have all made is the variability seen in the increase in CD4 cells in those on effective therapy. There are many potential explanations for why this happens but most of the time there is little one can do about... Read more »

Early HIV-should I even be taking meds?

Hi Guys, I REALLY need some good advice here! I was diagnosed with HIV in October 2005. My viral load was 56,000 and my CD4 count was 767. After taking Sustiva and Truvada for three months I've been undectable and got my CD4 up to 946 within the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I generally don't treat HIV infected persons with a CD4 count >> 350 who are asymptomatic. If your HIV meds are causing you side effects and are not likely preventing HIV-related disease (which is uncommon if you have a high CD4 count) then stopping... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Taking Current Antiretroviral Drugs

Part A: Nucleoside and Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) (Nukes) Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs) (Non-Nukes) Part B: Combination Therapy,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Etravirine (Intelence)

What Is Etravirine? Who Should Take it? What About Drug Resistance? How Is it Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does it React With Other Drugs? What Is Etravirine? Etravirine is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


Common Name: etravirine Brand Name: Intelence Class: non-nucleoside analogs (also called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NNRTIs or non-nukes) Standard dose: Two 100 mg tablets twice daily, with food. Take missed... Read more »

An Overview of Rescriptor (Delavirdine)

de-la-VIR-deen --> Brand Name: Rescriptor Other Name(s): 136817-59-9, DLV, Delavirdine mesylate, Mesilato de delavirdina,U-90152S Drug Class: Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Delavirdine, also known as Rescriptor,... Read more »
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Lab, med change, confusion

Posted by kaplan08, 2 Replies
Labs of last year have shown a vload range between <400 and 793, with <400 being most recent; CD4 percentage range from 31% to 34%, with 33% being most recent. Taking only Viramune and Combivir -a test has recently shown resistance to... Read more »


Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... Read more »

Excessive Mastubation

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Ever since I found out that I'm poz, I've been spending a lot more time mastubating. Is that normal? Or could it be because of the amount of time I've been spending reading posts about sexual issues? Pleasing myself has become an every day thing... Read more »