Articles tagged with: side effects from HIV medications

Take 2. HIV undetectability unimportant? Wrong.

published: February, 10, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From, a doctor’s opinion on why getting to an undetectable viral load through the use of HIV meds is very important

Take 2. HIV undetectability unimportant? Wrong.

In a recent blog entry on, ScotCharles suggests that treating HIV to undetectable levels may be unnecessary. I disagree. I have been an HIV medical provider, caregiver and researcher for over 20 years. I've watched far too many of the people I care about die from AIDS complications or suffer from the side effects (sometimes fatal) of our well-intended, first-generation treatments. Yet, today's HIV medications can be very well tolerated. They can prevent disease. They can restore h

The grass is always greener on the other side – and by the look of it, that’s where I’m standing.

published: December, 18, 2013 Categories // Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Tom Latte says the experience of living with HIV is different for everybody. But we hear most from those who complain about it. He says we need to hear more from people doing well on their meds in particular

For some, the glass is half full. For some, half empty. Others are just happy to have a glass and something to pour in it. Of course, it has been years since I stopped believing that telling people to "Think of the children" (you know, the ones in Africa) made any difference. And rightly so: why compare the incomparable. This is England – cue Shane Meadows’ backdrop - and, despite all the efforts of current leaders, it is a land where freedom of speech, education and free medical care st

Exhausting all avenues

published: September, 10, 2013 Categories // General Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

Jack Frost is having medication issues that are likely causing his habitual tiredness – and he wants his life back. But things are improving . .

I have mentioned in numerous posts about my exhaustion issue. I am tired all the time. I go to work from 8 am to 4 pm and then I come home and usually fall asleep by 5 pm. I wake up anywhere between 10 pm to 1 am, I have something to eat, and then go back to bed.  I have had numerous tests. I went for a stress test, where you walk on a treadmill and they hook up electrodes to you. That came back normal. I have had numerous blood tests; all came back normal. I had a CT scan on my heart; came

HIV and the Older Patient

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

New US HIV Treatment Guidelines which discuss when to start antiretroviral therapy also include an important new section on HIV and the older patient.

HIV and the Older Patient

Editor’s note:  The most eye-catching piece of information here – and this is new - is the statement that if you’re living with HIV, over 50 years of age and haven’t yet started antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now recommend HIV treatment, regardless of your CD4 cell count. discussed the guidelines relating to the general  HIV-positive population here. Today we focus specifically on the section relating to HIV and aging

When to start treatment?

published: April, 03, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

New US guidelines released just last week recommend treatment for all people with HIV infection. Are they a step in the right direction, something that others should consider following? Bob Leahy reports.

When to start treatment?

Newly updated US treatment guidelines are recommending antiretroviral treatment for all people with HIV infection, rather than starting at a particular CD4 range. But for those about to start treatment and their doctors, it’s not quite that simple; the strength of the recommendations varies by category of patient. Here is how a simplified scale looks: CD4 count less than 350 – strong recommendation CD4 count 350 to 500 - strong recommendation CD4 count over 500 – moderate recommend

Statements as Pretension (SASP)

published: July, 22, 2011 Categories // International AIDS Conference , As Prevention

Ken Monteith and what he thinks about the big story to come out of IAS2011 in Rome last week, treatment as prevention.

Statements as Pretension (SASP)

So the big 'news' coming out of the IAS meeting in Rome has been all about Treatment as Prevention. I have some problems with this public health approach that I want to explore with you (or rant into the ether at any rate). I'm not going to pretend that I'm doing something scientific here, or even thorough — I'll leave that for work. I just want to articulate my own concerns. The other thing I don't want anyone to come away thinking is that I am questioning in any way the effectiveness of an