AIDS and HIV Information
 

Treatments Available for the
Patient with HIV or AIDS


When a person is diagnosed with the HIV virus or AIDS, the first question a medical doctor is asked is, “what is the treatment?”  Treatment has come a long way since the discovery of this disease in the early 80’s.  There are now new drugs that attack the HIV infection.  Several drugs can be combined in what is know as a drug cocktail that will attack the HIV virus at several different points. 

There is a problem with combining drugs, there is a danger of the HIV virus becoming drug resistant and the those drugs may no longer be effective.

People with high levels of virus in the blood will progress more rapidly to AIDS.  It is not possible to totally rid the body of the HIV virus; the goal is to suppress the virus so it cannot destroy more CD4 cells.  This allows the immune system to stay stronger and allow it to fight off infections that would otherwise not be life threatening. 

There are many antiretro drugs on the market today.  There are at least four that are used most often in fighting the HIV virus.

1. Fusion inhibitors, such as Fuzeon
2. Nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
3. Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
4. Protease inhibitors

Some of the brand names for these various drugs are:  Retrovir, AZT, Videx, Zerit, Viread and Invirase.  Others that are commonly used are Combivir, Crixivan, Viracept, and Sustiva.  These are the most recognized names in AIDS treatment.

Did You Know? 

The best and most certain way of not getting HIV or AIDS is to avoid contact with body fluids from an infected person. Contact can occur during homosexual or heterosexual activity. Body fluids find an opening in the body and the infection is passed to another person.

The virus can get into the vagina, anus, mouth, and eyes. A person with an open cut or wound can allow the virus into their body. If you are in the medical profession, it is urgent you take precautions while handling patients. Gloves, masks, and goggles are necessary to protect from accidental infection of the HIV virus.

Research on the HIV virus and the disease of AIDS has been continuing since the early 1980’s. The epidemic is growing and scientists and researchers are constantly working on vaccines and new therapies for AIDS and other HIV associated conditions.

There are over 30 HIV vaccines that are being tested on humans, and there are many other drugs for HIV or AIDS related infections that are still being developed and tested by major laboratories. Researchers are still trying to trace how the disease progresses and how it damages the immune system.



The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved over 22 drugs for treating patients with the HIV or AIDS virus.  Included in these drugs are medications that also treat secondary infections that attack the body because of its compromised immune system.  The most common treatment method is with the use of active antiretroviral therapy or HAART.  It is a combination of inhibitors but it does have some side effects that are uncomfortable.  Side effects include nausea, and diarrhea.  There is also a danger of drug interaction with other common medications.  Fusion inhibitors are saved for patients who are infected with a drug resistant strain of HIV.



There are many treatment scams that prey on the vulnerability of AIDS patients.  Unscrupulous companies are bilking AIDS patients out of billions of dollars a year in their search for a cure.  The Federal Drug Association has formed a Health Fraud Task Force to look into these companies that are advertising “miracle” cures.  Some of the unapproved treatments are energized water treatment, ozone therapy, and hydrogen-peroxide treatments.  Companies hoping to capitalize on their desperation promise the AIDS patient remission and even cures. 

 

AIDS Facts

Keeping your body in the best physical shape and not putting yourself at risk, will help keep you from getting infected and developing AIDS.

Remain healthy, eat a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. If you know you are at risk, watch for the earliest signs and see a doctor immediately.



In addition to the medications approved for use in treating AIDS, some people should be treated with other medications if their CD4 count drops lower than 200 per cubic milliliter of blood. 

Research for treatments for the HIV and AIDS virus is ongoing.  Soon we hope there will be a substantial gain in treatment methods for this disease that has no cure.  Then we must have the means to get the treatment to the poorer countries of the world where AIDS has reached epidemic proportions.

 

 

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History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
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Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
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How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
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