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How does the antiretroviral therapy affects the kidney & what will be the remedy?

How does the antiretroviral therapy affects the kidney & what will be the remedy?

Talk to your doctor.: Several but not all antiretroviral medications can affect the kidneys in different ways. Some cause injury, and some can interfere with elimination of acids, and others can lead to wasting of phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients into your urine. The doctor prescribing the antiretroviral therapy can give you more specific information with respect to renal side effects of those medications. ...Read more

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Even for those on antiretroviral therapy will most people with HIV still go on to develop aids and die?

Even for those on antiretroviral therapy will most people with HIV still go on to develop aids and die?

Not necessarily : Although no cure for HIV currently exists (bone marrow transplantation has shown some promise), modern antiviral treatment has revolutionized treatment of HIV disease. Not everyone with HIV will develop aids with appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Could HIV antiretroviral drugs work for everyone?

Could HIV antiretroviral drugs work for everyone?

It depends: There are now over thirty different options for the HIV cocktail used to treat HIV infected humans. It would be very rare for any one individual to not have at least one treatment options. But, if the individual in question has a virus that has mutated and become resistant to treatment then there could be difficulties in treatment. Please see an HIV expert for your care. ...Read more

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What is the annual cost of an antiretroviral for hiv?

What is the annual cost of an antiretroviral for hiv?

Thousands of dollars: The retail cost for a year's worth of antiretrovirals can exceed $20, 000. A year's worth of atripla, the most commonly prescribed antiretroviral regimen, costs $19k - $20k. The combination of reyataz/truvada/norvir, the second most commonly prescribed regimen, approaches $30k for the year. Costs are substantially less ($30-$100/month) if the medication is covered by your health insurance. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having an antiretroviral allergy?

Reaction to HIV meds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/management_of_hiv/aids#adverse_effects "allergy" is probably not the best word to use when describing reactions to medications. There are lots of side effects that are typical and common with medications for hiv. They are catalogued in the article above. Sometimes true allergies to these meds do occur. Best to google the individual medication to learn about its issues. ...Read more

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How good are the new antiretroviral drugs used against hiv?

How good are the new antiretroviral drugs used against hiv?

Quite good: The new antiretroviral drugs used to combat HIV are quite good these days. Many have been combined in single tablet regimens that only need to be taken once daily with very minimal side effects. We have come a long way from the time we used to have people on 10+ pills, which had to be taken multiple times per day and had much harsher side effects. ...Read more

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What antiretroviral medications can cause a life threatening hypersensitivity?

What antiretroviral medications can cause a life threatening hypersensitivity?

Any drug : Any drug can cause a severe allergic reaction. Some medications are more likely than others such as sulfa, aspirin, penicillin, etc. During 20 years of practicing allergy, I have rarely seen a severe reaction to an antiretroviral medication although this is just my experience. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person with HIV that has already progressed to aids can lessen the disease by taking antiretroviral drugs?

Is it possible that a person with HIV that has already progressed to aids can lessen the disease by taking antiretroviral drugs?

Yes indeed: Especially if previous treatment of the patient or the virus in a previous individual has not caused resistance, recovery is generally good. ...Read more

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I have been on antiretroviral meds since feb 2013. Why do I feel so bad now after 3 months of feeling ok? How often should my v load and cd4be tested.

Go follow up with : The id dr. Try these to boost your immune system- eat lots of fruits and veggies, grate and drink a frozen lemon, drink lots of water and aloe vera and aloe arboresecens. Bless u:). ...Read more