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Why Has AIDS Treatment Not Been Successful

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
University of California-San Francisco

Using Hair to Manage HIV/AIDS and Predict Treatment Success

UCSF researchers have found that examining levels of antiretroviral drugs in hair samples taken from HIV patients on therapy strongly predicts treatment success. The findings , published in the February 20 issue of AIDS , note that the levels of... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

"Hard to Argue" HIV/AIDS Treatment Impossible in Developing World With Success of Program in Haiti, Opinion Piece Says

Partners in Health and its workers in Haiti "have already made it hard to argue that [AIDS] control is impossible," and "thanks to this growing effort ... the rich nations of the world now face a choice -- a choice about the kind of planet future... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Is the Success of AIDS Treatment Making Gay Men Complacent?

When the AIDS epidemic began, it was a wake-up call for the gay community to start practicing safer sex. Practicing safer sex not only protects you against HIV, it also protects you against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well. ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

what happens if treatment not successful

what options are available if the treatment of the weekly needle and pills are not successful?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
There are medication options that still could be available. This all depends on what HIV medications you have already been exposed to and what medications your virus is resistant to.... Read more »

CD4 count dropping after years of successful treatment

Hi there. I am a long time survivor of HIV, likely having been infected in about 1982 and tested positive in 1986. I suffered severe PCP in 1995 with a CD4 count of 30. It was only after then that I began any kind of drug regimen. At first,...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi Mark and thanks for posting.Since your viral load remains undetectable, we can assume that you don't have any issues with new drug resistance.Similarly, as your CD4 percentage remains stable, this suggests that the primary problem is that... Read more »

Treatment Success!..Complera update.

HI Drs..I had a variety of questions relating to starting meds for the first time after 13 years HIV+ and having low neutrophil counts..Well, I am so glad I made the decision to start ART...on commencement CD4 = 600 VL = 27 000 and neutrophils =...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi there and great to back from you.I'm terrifically happy to hear that you started, have no side effects and have improving lab tests.We're always happy to know that the Forum is helpful.Thanks for sharing and stay in touch,BY... Read more »

Successful treatment for HCV - can i be reinfected?

About five years ago, I underwent the 48 week treatment for HCV and it was successful. I am HIV+, VL undetectable, CD4 550. I have a new HIV doc and he said my bloodwork reflects I have the antibodies for HCV. What exactly does this mean? Can I get...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.If you have detectable levels of hepatitis C (HCV) antibodies in your blood, it means one of two things:You could be HCV infected (chronic HCV carrier).You were infected with hepatitis C, but have now cleared the virus from your body. Once... Read more »
Connect With Others

HIV med success stories?

Posted by sunkyst, 7 Replies
Does anyone here have any success stories with HIV meds i.e. you've been on treatment for a while and it's working well for you without too many serious side effects? Read more »

Success and happiness are NOT allowed

Posted by Lovinlife, 4 Replies
I previously tried to put up a post asking people to share anything positive or good that is going on in their life. I think it's just as important to see as the posts about people's struggles.

I got shot down in a very mean fashion for my post.

If as... Read more »

A success story

Posted by Blixer, 9 Replies
I know that HIV and HIV with meds is far from a walk in the park. I know that there are still bad things that happen. But I also know there are some very bright spots. I saw this on the John Hopkins HIV site posted yesterday and thought it... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My husband is HIV+ I am HIV-. We are educating ourselves around the idea of having another baby. We have read all about sperm washing and invetro. We would like to hear from someone in our same situation who has gone through this process and found... Read more »