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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: BIKTARVY SWITCH
« Last post by Mightysure on Today at 07:18:54 pm »
Tivicay and Descovy is a great regimen. The clinical trials they did to get Biktarvy approved compared it to Tivicay + Descovy, so I think i understand why your doc may want to switch...if you're having an issue with it.

when you say "easier on the liver", in comparison to what? I think dolutegravir (DTG) and bictegravir (BIC) havw similar side effect profiles and similar chemcial strictures, so much that Gilead is being sued for patent infringement, so I dont know what you'd gain by switching.

2 pills vs 1? Ehh. It's no big deal for me and I like having copay cards from two companies. I meet my deductible with much more ease!
Im on this same regimen and I've never heard anything about it. It's true that grapefruit juice should be avoided with certain medications, but thats only because it inhabits a particular liver enzyme that metabolizes some meds and causes and increases in plasma concentration, but rarely do they make meds ineffective.

If you haven't seen anything in the inserts or heard anything from your doctor or pharmacist, I wouldn't be too concerned. 

Also, missing one dose (or making one dose ineffective
) wont cause your virus to re emerge and risk resistance.
Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda andy . confundido con esto
« Last post by Locowocone on Today at 06:24:39 pm »
Andy buenas tarde. No me bloquees xfavor .  mira a mi esposa le hice una prueba rapida esa que te pinchan el dedo y el resultado le dieron en 20 minutos .dando negativo.. A 5 meses y 3 semanas desde nuestra ultima relacion sin condon. Es confiable esa prueba?? Espero tu respuesta. Xfavor no me bloquees.  El que nos atendio nos dijo que en agosto nos hagamos nuevamente la prueba . para descartar del todo.
Forums Gatherings / Re: AMG 2018!!!
« Last post by kentfrat1783 on Today at 05:31:13 pm »

Anyone live close to Boston that knows of some good hotels to stay at?  I can always google hotels but would be nice to get some perspective from others as sometimes the reviews aren't the best online (aka honest).

I'm a fan of the IHG brand hotels but want to get others input.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Creo que tengo mucho riesgo, ayuda!
« Last post by Vesas8 on Today at 04:37:17 pm »
Ojala tenga usted razón Sr Andy, estoy realmente aterrado...
He llamado a una ONG y me han dicho lo mismo que usted pero mi gran miedo es que mi pene estuvo en contacto directo con la chica...

Se dan muchos casos de infecciones por deslizarse el preservativo?

Muchas gracias, no quiero molestarlo mas pero me infunde mucha confianza usted.
« Last post by CaveyUK on Today at 03:50:21 pm »
really pleased for you. It's good to know you have supportive people around you.

CD4 count or percentage is not a measurement of overall heatlh neither does it measure all the damage being done to your body short and long term.

If I was you I would refocus your attention to starting treatment and stop focusing on largely at this stage irrelevant things like CD4's.

Now as for your question what percentage equals what cd4 count it does not work like that, its simply a percentage of CD4 cells out of the total lymphocytes. The % trends to be a more stable measurement but again rather pointless without context and looking at the greater picture

There simply is clear-cut proof that of the significantly greater health benefit to an person living with HIV starting antiretroviral therapy sooner rather than later, treatment should start regardless of viral load or cd4 counts.

Hence it's now recommended not to wait anymore and that anyone infected with HIV including Elite Controllers should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible.



Estoy infectado? / Consulta
« Last post by zgz83 on Today at 03:08:52 pm »
Hola, buenas tardes. Me gustaría realizar una consulta.
He mantenido relaciones sexuales con un chico que me ha realizado una felacion sin preservativo varias veces en los últimos meses. Hoy hemos quedado y cuando se ha desnudado hemos observado que le han salido manchas azuladas por la espalda y la pierna y hemos pensado que podría ser un sarcoma de kaposi por lo que ha pedido cita con su médico para testarse. En caso de que el estuviese infectado y tuviese un sarcoma de kaposi las probabilidades de infectarme al realizarme una felacion aumentan de alguna forma? Debería estar preocupado?
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