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Why Do People Become Resistant To Hiv Medications

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The Well Project

HIV Drug Resistance

...Table of Contents What Is Resistance? What Causes Resistance? Cross-Resistance and Sequencing How Do I Know if I Have Drug Resistance? Resistance Testing Avoiding Resistance What Is Resistance? HIV drugs are designed to keep your viral loadunder control by preventing the virus from reproducing (or making copies ofitself). Sometimes HIV is able to overcome the effects of a drug and keepreproducing anyway. When...
Ask the Experts

Infection by person on Meds

What would happen if someone is infected with HIV by a person who is on HIV medications? Would this mean that the virus would then become drug resistant when it infects the other person?
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...HIV that is resistant to one or more medications, so yes, this is possible when one person is infected by another who is on HIV medications. It is not inevitable, but it certainly can occur.Effective HIV therapy, i.e. that reduces a person's... Read more »

Second Hand Smoke & Resistance

Hi Doctor:Is it possible to develop drug resistance if exposed to second hand smoke from cigarettes and marijuana? When I go out to clubs on the weekends sometimes, my clothes are smelling of smoke when I get back home. And can you tell me what...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...small amounts, significantly worsens the prognosis of a person with both HIV and hepatitis C. Methadone interacts with some HIV medications, and a higher dose of methadone may be required when a person in a methadone program is started on some... Read more »

Is the doctor correct or not

Do you agree with a doctor that says that a person who is HIV positive can live a normal or average lifespan if he/she takes thier HIV medications correctly? Ok I hope he is correct but some things concern me. First the last I checked the average...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...areas where these meds are available (which will hopefully soon be everywhere.)One last word about resistance. While it is true people do develop HIV medication resistance more than anyone would like, it is not guaranteed that everyone on meds... Read more »

Prolonging Life

Dear Doctors; In terms of percentages, how confident are you that current HIV medications available, if taken well on time as indicated by a patients' viral load, CD4 levels etc..will result in a normal life span, assuming 100% adherence?Also,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...95% of the people in the world who need HIV treatment don't have access to antiretrovirals. Many patients under treatment previously were treated Read more »
Articles
The Body

Overweight People With HIV See Lower CD4 Gain While on HIV Medications, Study Suggests

...there was some protection in the extra weight you had. As many studies have shown, before the introduction of highly potent HIV drugs, having extra weight on may have been a good idea -- it actually preserved your CD4 count. I think many... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey Finds Number of HIV-Positive People in China Have Become Resistant to at Least One HIV Drug

...incomes, government researchers said. According to Reuters, the finding is "surprising" because very few people had access to HIV drugs before China began a program to distribute them at no cost in 2003. In addition, HIV usually does not mutate... Read more »
The Body

What We Know About Fuzeon

...ability of HIV to reproduce itself. From these studies, we learned that Fuzeon is about as powerful as most of the other potent HIV medications. We saw that an average person's viral load would decline by about 1.5 logs, or about 96 percent,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New HIV Drug to Move Into Wider Trials, Could Offer Hope to People With Drug-Resistant Strains

...8/24/05). In the trials, scheduled to being this month, researchers will analyze how the drug performs in combination with other HIV drugs in 48 HIV-positive people who have developed resistance to existing antiretroviral treatment, AFP/ Yahoo!... Read more »
Connect With Others

My `Resistant Virus`

Posted by Dreamer76, 7 Replies
Hello Everyone, I was diagnosed in March (still feel quite new to this) and looking for some advice. My initial blood tests were not just for CD4 cells and VL, but more indepth to get specific details about my virus! The day after , my doctor told... Read more »

Resisting Resistance - A Story

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
...of knowledge I could in order to stay ahead of this deadly virus, one that has a basic survival instinct not unlike my own. HIV drugs have changed the course of the epidemic in a relatively short time and have played a huge role in my survival.... Read more »

HIV Prevention-Our Voices ARE Necessary

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
...HIV Prevention-Our Voices ARE Necessary As an individual living with HIV for 20 years, I have been working to break down the barriers of fear and discrimination for nearly a decade now. Read more »

The way we address HIV is cause for concern

Posted by bradford
...(some for two decades now) have no need for antiretroviral treatment because their immune system is strong. Others, who are on HIV medications, have included nutrition and replacement therapy (vitamin supplements, herbs and botanicals).... Read more »