Hello! I take Atripla and I need to take it on an empty stomach. I am just wondering what happens when I don’t take it on an empty stomach and how long after a meal is the stomach empty?
I have recently been screened as HIV-1 positive. My CD4 count was 114 (11 %) and had a viral load of 1200000 on September 5, 2011. As I had herpes zoster this summer and very low CD4 count my therapist suggested that I might have been infected some 6 years ago. I immediately started ARV therapy: Kaletra (lopinavir 200mg + ritonavir 50 mg) 2*2 a day and combivir (lamivudin 150 mg + zidovudin 300 mg) 2*1 a day. After one month of treatment now my CD4 count was 236 (17 %). I developed no symptoms my lungs and organs are all okay.
Is it possible that the extremely high load of virus means that my infection is a recent one or on the basis of the CD4 count it is really a six year one?
On the basis of the diagram ( plotted in your issue here) on the expected increase of CD4 cells when starting treatment at 114 this is something of a good piece of news, as it should be this after one year. Does this increase mean anything?
Thank you for your answer and thank you for being here.
There are three types of tests that can be used to diagnose HIV. i) Antibody tests – window period: from 6 weeks after exposure (i.e. rapid, Tri-Dot and Centaur tests) The most common test for HIV is an antibody test. …
My father is about 51 years age and is HIV positive with cd4 count 117 and viral load is 117000. Now he got some skin infection and being treated and also taking hiv medicines. after starting his HIV treatment his WBC count increased from 4200 to 8100 within 15days of treatment. what does it mean. Will he able to survive ? Please help with answer and suggestions.
Will PEP delay the course of seroconversion if someone has contracted HIV?
How many weeks after exposure will the result of the HIV test let someone be really sure if that person took PEP post exposure, some references said that the delay could be up to 2 years post exposure?
We do appreciate the amount of time and energy you guys spend here to educate the world, Thank you.
My partner has been taking Triomune-30 since Jan 2011 after a CD4 count of 135.
After additional tests in the UK and a CD4 count of 153 and viral load of 133, the doctor wants to recommend a new drug because they said the UK doesnt prescribe stavudine.
Is it ok to change meds and what are the likely effects of that? Also do u know what the medication is likely to be?
I was dignosed 2months ago, and I started with treatment about 6 months ago. I am on Atripla but I just had 2 glasses of alcohol last week and yesterday I had a bottle of cider am just worried if this might affect my progress…please advise as am nervous. I make sure i dont miss my pill every night and i have not expirienced any side effect so far.
What are the typical efavirenz-induced rash characteristics ?
Under PEP, suffered vast diffuse (75% body surface) macular rash mostly at the back and extremities, erythematous, warm, very itchy, relieved by topical corticosteroid cream, lasted only for 5-6 days, with no other typical acute HIV seroconversion symptoms.
Would you please kindly describe what is the typical characteristics of ARS rash ? Thank you very much.
My girlfriend in Kenya has a CD4 count of 1540.
Can this give her a clue as to when she contracted HIV and the extent of the disease progression?
Her doctor doesn’t have the facilities to measure viral load.
I’ve recently tested HIV+ and unfortunately my CD4 count came out at 10. I am not ill, but do i have the chance to live any longer.
My boyfriend just recently found out that his CD4 count is 75 and the doctor told him that it’s too late and that the ARVs might not work.
– How true is that?
– And could I be the cause of his breakdown because I have been on ARVs for the past 4 months and he didn’t want to take the pills and continued to have sex without the use of a condom.
– Now he blames me and says I’ll be the cause of his death. Am I really?
Hi, I am HIV + with a CD4 count of 480. I am not on any medication as yet. What vitamins can I take to be healthy and what diet can I follow to be healthy ? What is the right CD4 count and viral load for one to start taking ARV?
I found that i was positive a year back, i am on art and my cd4 count is 42. What does this suggest?
I recently read about PEP. What is it?
My friend was dignosed with hiv and TB about two months ago and was very sick. Her cd4 count was 38 and was immediately put on TB treatment for 6 months. Her condition has since improved although she sometimes complains from aching feet.
She is not keen on commencing arv’s and prefers to use boosters. My questions are; will TB meds alone improve her cd4 count? Is it safe to use boosters while on TB meds? Does she have to wait until she is off TB meds before commencing arv’s or she can take them together? I am in South Africa.
Hi guys. I am hiv + and 37 weeks pregnant. I am so scared as I don’t know what to expect. I am currently taking aspen lamzid (AZT/3TC) and Aluvia (lopinavir/r), will I be required to continue with the medication after my baby is born?
My cd4 is 480 and I only started taking medication after I found out that I was pregnant.
The med was giving me diarhea in the beginning, will this affect my baby or will the med do the same to my infant? Please help as am worried.
hello, its been awhile since i’ve visited this site but that’s good as i’ve not had any worries of questions untill now. I’m hiv positive and have also hep c so i need a insurance company who will cover myself with both at the moment i cant find one whom will take me on with both many will as far i i can see with just the hiv side but I am unable to find one that covers both. Any idea? remembering i can’t just ring these up and ask direct since they as all insurance will ask my details before even entering into a dislcosure of what and why of the policies…
I am thinking of getting some laser hair removal and would like to see if there is any medical reason why this may not be advisable? I ask as I have read that people on some medication (eg vitamin A for example) should not have it. Many thanks for your advice. I am on Truvada, atazanavir & ritonavir and tolerating this combo well.
I was diagnosed in June 2011 with a CD4 count of 225, and I started treatment in August when I discovered it had dropped to 125. I was told by the doctors not to be anxious because I’m now
on treatment, but this has really made me very concerned.
I won’t know for a few weeks if it has dropped further.
My viral load has increased from undetectable to 70 and is now 80. What is really going on?
My provider wants to take me off Combivir and put me on Truvada along with Reyataz (atazanavir) and Norvir (ritonavir).