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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
37 doctors shared insights

Hiv Medications (Overview)

Prevention of transmission of HIV from mother to fetus (vertical transmission) is a major goal in the care of pregnant women with HIV. Earlier studies have shown that treatment of the mother with Zidovudine (AZT) during pregnancy and labor and of the newborn could reduce the transmission rate from 25% to 8%. More recent studies suggest the risk can be reduced to less than 2%. For a woman whose infection is well-controlled with medications, the risk approaches zero. Those with high circulating levels of HIV may be offered a cesarean section before they go into labor, as this reduces the chance the baby will be infected. HIV positive women should not breastfeed.


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What are all the HIV medications? And cost of each?

What are all the HIV medications? And cost of each?

HIV Treatment : Unfortunately there are now 34 different medications and the costs will vary from state to state. This is a site to answer personal health concerns with specific symptoms. There is a great website on HIV meds called aidsmeds.Com. ...Read more

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
37 doctors shared insights

Hiv Medications (Overview)

Prevention of transmission of HIV from mother to fetus (vertical transmission) is a major goal in the care of pregnant women with HIV. Earlier studies have shown that treatment of the mother with Zidovudine (AZT) during pregnancy and labor and of the newborn could reduce the transmission rate from 25% to 8%. More recent studies suggest the risk can be reduced to less than 2%. For a woman whose infection is well-controlled with medications, the risk approaches zero. Those with high circulating levels of HIV may be offered a cesarean section before they go into labor, as this reduces the chance the baby will be infected. HIV positive women should not breastfeed.


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How do I know if or when i can stop HIV medications?

How do I know if or when i can stop HIV medications?

Question not clear: Its difficult from your question to determine if your talking about beginning the medications due to an exposure or stopping the meds while you have active HIV infection. The answers are very very different. ...Read more

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Living with AIDS (Tip)

Living with AIDS

Always tell your partner about your HIV/AIDS status before engaging in sexual activity. ...See more

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Living with HIV (Checklist)

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Lifestyel modification, less stress, eat healthy, exercise, condoms
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Can you tell me what is the use of HIV medications?

Can you tell me what is the  use of HIV medications?

Life saving: Usual life expectancy for someone with new HIV infection is 8 to 10 years (without treatment). If a person has a good diet and practices a healthy lifestyle and takes a multiple drug regimen of antiviral medications, then he/she may live for many decades. Medications allow a "near normal" and high quality life for much more time than would be otherwise expected. Meds must be taken as prescribed. ...Read more

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How can the current effective HIV medications keep the disease manageable?

How can the current effective HIV medications keep the disease manageable?

HIV medications: By suppressing the viral replication the virus cannot infect new cells nor damage a person's immune cells. Treat early and do not let one's immune system break is the standard of care now. ...Read more

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If a HIV married couple are on HIV medications would it better to use a condom for safe sex?

If a HIV married couple are on HIV medications would it better to use a condom for safe sex?

Yes: Just because both partners have HIV doesn't mean it's the same strain. There is a phenomenon called " swarming" where a persons wild type virus is replaced by another. It is important. ...Read more

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Hiv medications side effects?

Numerous: Multiple classes of anti-retrovirals each containing several different drugs and each with a wide spectrum of side-effects. Too much information to be transmitted in this venue. If you are concerned about a specific compound, rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Why are the side effects of HIV medication the same as the symptoms of the disease itself?

Why are the side effects of HIV medication the same as the symptoms of the disease itself?

Numerous: Multiple classes of anti-retrovirals each containing several different drugs and each with a wide spectrum of side-effects. Too much information to be transmitted in this venue. If you are concerned about a specific compound, rephrase the question. ...Read more

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How long can people with normal immune system live now with HIV medications?

How long can people with normal immune system live now with HIV medications?

A normal life: Essentially a near normal life. National data from the nih and cdc show the average life expectancy to be measured just several years short of what would otherwise be expected. It is essential though to have routine follow ups with a qualified infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
1,417 doctors shared insights

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more