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Treatments Available For Hiv Aids Patients
Help: Schedule appointment with your local csb & they can make referral. ...Read more
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
Yes: There are many well tolerated and effective treatment options for hiv. Some people are able to take only one pill a day for treatment (that has 3 medications combined in one). If a person does develop side effects, the doc can usually find other meds that are tolerated. Once HIV treatment is started it is important to take the meds consistently so the virus doesn't become resistant to treatment. ...Read more
...: There are many well tolerated and effective treatment options for hiv. Some people are able to take only one pill a day for treatment (that has 3 medications combined in one). If a person does develop side effects, the doc can usually find other meds that are tolerated. Once HIV treatment is started it is important to take the meds consistently so the virus doesn't become resistant to treatment. ...Read more
HIV Treatment Costly: The cost of HIV or aids is staggering. In the U.S. It is estimated that each HIV positive person who has access to medical care requires between 25, 000 to 30, 000 dollars for each year of treatment. The breakdown is generally as follows: 20, 000 for medications and pharmacies 4500 for the lab monitoring 500 for the doctor and their clinic. Please do not think that getting HIV is simple. It isnt. ...Read more
Several: Once a doctor has decided that someone does need treatment for their chronic hepatitis b infection (not everyone needs treatment immediately), they may recommend drugs that block viral replication, like tenofovir or entecavir. Less commonly, they might recommend an immune drug called interferon alfa that helps the body fight the hepatitis b. It is important to be monitored regularly. ...Read more
HAART: Currently treatment for HIV consists of highly active antiretroviral therapy or haart. This means taking a combination of medications that act at different sites of the virus' replication cycle. Why? We know that using only one agent leads to resistance because the virus is so robust at replicating. We pick the treatment based on the persons resistance pattern ; how they tolerate the medication. ...Read more
Palliation: By the time that these cancers are stage 4, there is not much that can be done that is curative. Chemotherapy (gemcitabine) may slow the tumor down or mitigate some of the tumor symptoms. Radiation may also be used in a palliative manner to decrease some of the symptoms. Surgery is not done as the tumor is too widespread. Finally, an option is hospice care, particularly if the patient is frail. ...Read more
Complicated: There are multiple different drugs in different classes of drugs directed at pathways in the virus infecting cells, from attachment and penetration into cells to disruption of the production of new virus within the cells. The drugs are used in a combination of multiples depending upon the sensitivity of the virus and your response to treatment as measured by viral load and counts of immune cells. ...Read more
Treatment options: As mentioned it depends on the clinical situation. Sometimes treatment is just with observation, transfusions when needed. Drugs called growth factors can be used in some situations. There are some chemotherapy drugs that are effective and for aggressive cases a stem cell transplant can be used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
State of the art: Early alzheimer's might benefit from medical foods, which include axona and cerefolin-nac. Also, aricept, Exelon pill/patch, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) and Namenda may be useful. None a cure, merely symptomatic support and modest control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: This condition is severe protein-calorie malnutrition. If the patient is able to assimulate nutrients orally, that is the ideal treatment route. If not the other option include gastric feeding (oral tube or external gastric puncture) or intravenous alimentation (iv nutrients). ...Read more
Liver inflammation: This is a viral hepatitis. The virus inflames the liver. It is spread by fecal-oral transmission. Symptoms like nausea, fatigu, headaches usually occur between 2-6 weeks of exposure. There is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis a and the hepatitis is never chronic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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