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Unable to estimate: It is difficult to estimate how many lives a specific anti-hiv drug like 3tc (lamivudine) saved. This is because 3tc (lamivudine) is often one of three drugs used in an HIV drug regimen or "cocktail". The combination of 3 drugs, also called haart, or highly active anti-retroviral therapy, has saved many lives throughout the entire world and remains the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more
HIV treatment: There are numerous classes of anti-retrovirals to treat HIV/AIDS. Their mechanisms of action are different, but the end result is the same. They all act to decrease viral replication, causing a decrease in the viral load in the blood as well as a gradual increase in the CD4 - T helper - cells. This helps to boost back the immune system. ...Read more
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My friend was just started on a type of chemo for hiv/aids. What chemo drugs are used to treat hiv/aids?
Aids meds: This is a great question to ask at uptodate and wikipedia. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my friend was just started on a type of chemo for hiv/aids. what different chemo drugs are used to treat hiv/a?
No drugs for cure: There are no drugs currently that cures hiv, the virus that causes aids. The drugs that are available are called antiretroviral therapy. These drugs are able to clear the bloodstream of hiv, but HIV is very clever and is able to hide out in other places, like lymph nodes, where it can lay dormant or sleeping for years. The drugs are not able to get to these hiding places to kill hiv, thus no cure. ...Read more
At my grandma’s rehab center, i’d see that the aids did all the work and the lpns told them what to do, and the rns passed out drugs. Is that the way it’s done?
Different work: There are multiple kinds of "work" in a rehab center or hospital. Some of this you never see, or may not recognize as "work". Making sure the medications are correctly prepared, documented, and given is work also. Different training, different responsibilities and tasks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A variety: A variety of meds can help, but for most, healthy sleep habits beat any drug, although can take some time to show improvment. Shut tv computer off an hour before bed and never use in bed. Go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days/week. Don't spend more than 8 hours in bed. Don't sleep during the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially late in the day. See your doctor if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antiretrovirals: There are drugs called antiretrovirals that when taken in combinations (often three drugs at one time) can extend the lives of patients with HIV for many decades. These drugs can result in boosted immune function (preservation of high cd4+ cell counts) and can reduce measurable viral loads to undetectable levels. These drug combinations are, however, not a 'cure' for hiv. ...Read more
Is it possible that a person with HIV that has already progressed to aids can lessen the disease by taking antiretroviral drugs?
Friend just got diagnosed with aids. cd4 = 10, took ARV drugs on thursday now feels weak. Is this normal?
Advanced AIDS: Unfortunately if your friend has a CD4 count of 10, that means there's significant damage to his immune system. Those medications are the only way to recover from this -yet there could be side effects depending on what medications he's actually on. Good to check back with the doctor. In Manila you can find help at San Lazaro hospital - I know some of the docs there if you need a contact. God bless ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?
Full Blown AIDS: Unfortunately yes, with both infections and if not properly treated or if your strain of HIV is resistant, you can progress to bull blown AIDS in a short period of time. Do you have a specialist? Here is a link to the mobile clinic in Houston Schedule http://www.houstontx.gov/health/hiv-mobile-clinic And another link for HIV Advocacy http://www.centerforaids.org/ ...Read more
Is it possible to catch any diseases such as STDs or stis or hiv/aids if you do not have sex or use drugs is there any other way to get a disease?
Cause & source: Infectious diseases can be avoided by knowing the cause and avoiding the source. Refraining from one activity or another by itself is not the answer. You can avoid STDs by avoiding the exchange of contaminated body fluids or tissues not by avoiding sex altogether. Same with HIV, Ebola etc: understand the cause and the mode of transmission ...Read more