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HIV i-Base

HIV i-Base is a treatment activist group, HIV-positive led and committed to providing timely HIV treatment information both to positive people and to health care professionals.

This includes technical publications like HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB) and ARV4IDUs (Antiretrovirals for Injecting Drug Users) and non-techical treatment guides on starting and changing treatment, side effects, hepatitis C coinfection and HIV and pregnancy.

i-Base is involved in several community networks, including the UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB), the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), the European Community Advisory Board (ECAB) and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC).

We have also developed close working relationships with NGOs in many different countries in Western and Eastern Europe and Africa. Copyright free i-Base material has been produced in over 40 languages.

We are directly involved in research with INSIGHT network, PENTA network, MRC studies in the UK, Metabolic Oversight Committee and D:A:D studies.

Treatment guides and i-Base authored articles in HTB may be reproduced by NHS, community and not-for-profit organisations without individual written permission and reproduction is encouraged. A credit and link to the original source on the i-Base Web site is always appreciated. All i-Base material remains the copyright of HIV i-Base.

HIV i-Base receives unconditional educational grants from charitable trusts, individual donors and pharmaceutical companies. All editorial policies are strictly independent of funding sources.

HIV i-Base is a registered charity no.1081905 and company limited by guarantee no. 3962064.

How to Reach HIV i-Base

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57a Great Suffolk Street

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7407 8488
Treatment phoneline: 0808 800 6013, Mon., Tues., Wed. 12-4 pm
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7407 8489

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ART in Pictures: HIV Treatment Explained Img

ART in Pictures: HIV Treatment Explained

A new 32-page resource from HIV i-Base explains HIV treatment by using a few easy pictures.

By HIV i-Base
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Why Do Side Effects Occur?

Side effects occur because the body is a very complex.

It is difficult to make a drug that targets one part of the body but that doesn't affect other parts.

Developing drugs is also complicated because no two people are exactly the same. So even dr...

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Increased Bilirubin and Jaundice (Yellow Skin and Eyes) Img

Increased Bilirubin and Jaundice (Yellow Skin and Eyes)

Bilirubin is an orange waste product; Hyper = increased; aemia = "in blood"

Associated drugs: atazanavir* (Reyataz); Evotaz (atazanavir+cobicistat); indinavir (Crixivan, no longer used).*

An increase in bilirubin (called hyperbilirubinaemia) is a c...

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Dry Skin, Nail Problems, Hair Loss

Associated drugs: AZT* (Retrovir, nail discolouration) and emtricitabine (FTC, skin discolouration), lamivudine (3TC, rarely linked to this side effect).*

Problems with hair, nails and dry skin are mainly related to older HIV drugs that are no longe...

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Lactic Acidosis and Pancreatitis

All nukes (d4T, ddI, abacavir, tenofovir, FTC, 3TC, AZT), hydroxyurea and ribavirin, have been linked to reports of lactic acidosis and/or pancreatitis. PIs and efavirenz* have also been associated with pancreatitis.*

Lactic Acidosis

Lactic acidosi...

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Fat Accumulation

Associated drugs: nukes, NNRTIs, protease inhibitors, possibly integrase inhibitors.


Fat accumulation can occur in the abdomen, breasts, neck and shoulders. It can occur in both men and women. Small bumps or collections of fat, called lipo...

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Q&A on the PARTNER Study: How to Interpret the Zero Transmission Results Img

Q&A on the PARTNER Study: How to Interpret the Zero Transmission Results

HIV i-Base explains the results: Zero HIV transmissions within couples when viral load was undetectable, and firm proof that the few transmissions that did happen came from another person outside that relationship.

By HIV i-Base
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What Is the Window Period for an HIV Test?

The window period is time between potential exposure to HIV infection and the point when the test will give an accurate result.

During the window period a person can be infected with HIV and be very infectious but still test HIV negative.

The windo...

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HIV Testing and Risks of Sexual Transmission

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Introduction HIV in the UK HIV Basics HIV, Sex and Risk Which Body Fluids Are Infectious? What Are the Routes of Infection? Ways That HIV Is Not Transmitted Risks for Transmission Between 100% Safety...

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Activists Convince _Washington Post_ That Pfizer Lowers Prices: Global Action Highlights Fairer Alternatives -- 'This Story Has Been Removed!' Img

Activists Convince Washington Post That Pfizer Lowers Prices: Global Action Highlights Fairer Alternatives -- 'This Story Has Been Removed!'

How did the media get fooled by a fake press release? "The believability that prices could be lower and companies could still make profits accounts for the original rapid reporting," notes Simon Collins of HIV i-Base.

By Simon Collins for HIV i-Base