Bitter Melon As Hiv Therapy

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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...beginning to sort out the condition, it is still not well understood. It's not clear who will more likely experience IRIS, though it most often occurs in people with severely damaged immune systems shortly after they start taking HIV therapy. More study needs to tease out its risk factors and to find screening tools to help predict and manage the condition. The symptoms are also found in HIV-negative people. However, this publication...
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Anti-HIV Therapy

What is the recommended HIV therapy for people with viral load of 100,000 but with a CD4+ of nomal range 600-1,300)?
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Trick question!Many docs, maybe this one, would not treat someone with a really high CD4 - even if the viral load is 100K. The idea is that with close monitoring, therapy can be started when there is an evident decline in CD4 cell numbers or when... Read more »

diabetes and new HIV therapy

I just recently began taking Viramune and Epzicom after a two year break from any HIV meds. Since I started taking the Viramune twice daily I notice that my blood sugars tend to run higher and I require more insulin. Before Viramune and Epzicom, I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Both Epzicom and Viramune have generally not been linked to problems with either glucose tolerance or fat/lipid problems. Those meds are viewed as being on the low impact on metabolic parameters side of the scale when compared to many other... Read more »

Recently diagnosed - looking to the future

I am 20, perfectly healthy, and was recently tested positive. My viral load is undetectable, and my CD4 is 1080, and i believe that i contracted the HIV about 10 months ago. I am bitterly determined not to let the virus win, and to lead a normal...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
If you follow your doctors advice and take medications when required, you should do very well and should plan for old age. There is not a lot of data regarding the alternative treatments you list and they have not been proven to be effective in the... Read more »

starting HIV therapy (Brain-2)

Dear Dr. Feinberg, Thank you very much for your response. I did not realize this could be something as serious as encephalopathy. I will talk to my doctor about it at my next appointment. However, I will also take a couple of weeks of vacation to...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...Without symptoms or complications of HIV disease, there is no rush for you to start HIV therapy at this time if you're not ready to do it. You do not yet meet the US Public Health Service guidelines for treatment. That Read more »
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Strategies for HIV Therapy

... Introduction What Is HIV and HIV Disease? The Goals of HIV Therapy The Challenges of Therapy Why Use Anti-HIV Therapy? When Should I Start Treatment? Quality of Life Issues Viral Read more »
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Strategies for Third-Line HIV Therapy

...emphasize two points. The first is that resistance tests give the most meaningful results when they're done while you're on HIV therapy. This way, the results are likely most relevant to the drugs you're taking. The other is that the results are... Read more »
The Well Project

Drug Interactions and HIV/AIDS

...of other drugs in the body Increases the length of time other drugs stay in the bloodstream This can be useful in HIV therapy. Here's an example: Norvir (ritonavir) is a protease inhibitor (PI) that makes the liverenzymes work slower.... Read more »
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Making Decisions About Therapies

...When you're reading about HIV and HIV treatments, consider the source of the information. Pharmaceutical companies that market HIV therapies have an interest in selling products and may not always provide a balanced view of their products.... Read more »
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