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severe shaking 2 wks on meds

my husband just switched to truvada 2 wks ago, this morning and last evening his hands began shaking similar to parkinsons disease. this has us concerned, his levels are under 100 and viral load over 200,000 and dx hiv in 1986, he has been extremely ...

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FAA Medical certif.

I was wondering if I should be concerned about an upcoming FAA medical test? Do my meds pose any problems? Should I disclose my meds to the doctor has the FAA decided that any of my meds would interfear with flying? I am currently taking Invarise,Tru...

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Recently diagnosed and already have two drugs with drug resistance

I have recently been diagnosed with the HIV virus and am having different blood testing done. I received a copy of my Lab work and out of 19 different HIV drugs two of them show that I have resistance to them before I have even taken any HIV medicati...

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So which is it?

Looking back through the archives I noticed that on April 26, 2004 you stated that CRFs can be detected by standard Elisa tests, but on July 24, 2004 it is contradictory when you say that CRFs may elude diagnostic assays and that PCR tests are more r...

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Genotype and phenotype basics

Hi Doc, Please could you explain (in simple terms) what a genotype test is and what a phenotype test is? I understand that they test for different things. Regards, Rog from UK

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Change in meds due to hair loss

I have had extensive hair thinning on the two ART regimens I have tried over the past year (first six months Kaletra and Truvada, then switched to Atripla). If possible, I would like to find a regimen that I could adhere to without making my hair thi...

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ARv's and alcohol

how detrimental is taking alcohol when on ARV's? (i dont mean drinking as if there's no tomorrow). could an occassional glass of wine or spirits - maybe once or twice a month - dent your health considerably?what happens to vl or cd4 count?

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Take Atripla Every Other Day?

I spoke to two other friends of mine who have spoken to their doctor (same doctor) and are currently taking Atripla every other day for about 5 months now and are still undetectable. According to their doctor, the half life of the three medications i...

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How long does it take before you form drug resistance?

I found out I was poz in early 2005. I have taken my meds as I should have been since starting the meds in late 2005. I have not missed a dose since I started. I was on the Ryan White program at my doctor's office when I first got diagnosed, but re...

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drug resistant?

I start taking my meds on November 2nd (Videx, Epivir, Stocrin) and my viral load is undetectable. But, last week, I forgot for the first time to take my meds for one day. So now I would like to know how big are the chances that I have become resista...