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Table of Contents

It Happened In April

Good Morning, HAART Break

Putting On The Ritts

We Interrupt This Program

Wish You Were Here

BABAA Black Sheep

Neg & Pos

The Oral Majority

C No Evil

Sunday Best

Sure Shot

Golden Gates

Condom Man!

Suffering Fools

Milestones

Toys 'R' Us

Bi'er Beware

Research & Derailment

The Secretary

We Got You Covered

Desperate Measures

The Bottom Line

I Want My HIV MD!

B and Thee

Safe Passage

Lord of the Ring

Supercalifragilistic-lacticacidosis!

Protest

On Your Mark

Zeritocracy

To Kiss and Tell

Fantasy Island

Mailbox

Prophet of Boom

Publisher's Letter



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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April 2003

We Interrupt This Program

by Staff

Dish with doc. Your MD can help you weigh the pros and cons of a break?”and plan its length

Dish with doc. Your MD can help you weigh the pros and cons of a break—and plan its length, restart markers and post-break combo.

Nip the non-nukes first? If you’re on Sustiva, Viramune or Rescriptor, ask if you should ditch ’em a few days before your other drugs. NNRTIs, or “non-nukes” (especially Sustiva), tend to stay in the body longer; if you drop them with the rest of your cocktail, you could be on NNRTI therapy alone for a short while. There’s no proof yet, but some researchers think this could induce resistance.

Go down for the count more. Most docs suggest getting your CD4s and viral load done no later than a month after you’ve dropped meds, every month thereafter until your numbers stabilize, then every other month and finally every third. Got drug resistance or a history of low CD4s? Do your numbers two weeks after stopping and every two thereafter.

Clean up your act. Enhance the drug detox process by reducing stress, exercising more and minimizing sugar and all that yummy fried stuff.

Take a “study break”! Joining an STI trial will ensure you expert monitoring and help improve breaks for future HIVers! Click “treatment interruptions” at www.aidsinfo.nih.gov, or call 800.TRIALS.A (Spanish available) to connect to these trials:

CPCRA “SMART” (www.smart-trial.org) Continuous vs. on/off treatment

AACTG 5068 STIs with vs. without ALVAC experimental vaccine

AACTG 5086 and CPCRA 064 Immediate vs. deferred (four-month STI) treatment for salvage therapy

AACTG 5170 Effects of stopping HAART VA Cooperative Studies Program 512 “OPTIMA” standard HAART vs. “mega-HAART” with and without STI in salvage situation; veterans only, call local VA hospital

AMP 720 STI with vs. without experimental drug Ampligen; call 215.988.0080

AACTG 371 5-drug combo followed by 24-week STI; newly positive only




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