June #135 : In the Running - by Laura Whitehorn

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Jagged Little Pills

Happy Feet

Bunny Business

Playing the Percentages

Soul Survivors

B Careful

In the Running

Seeing Double

Write of Passage

Salad Daze

From Here to Paternity

Summer Share

Papa, Can You Hear Me?

Outside Chance

Send Us the Bill

Climb Every Mountain

Farewell Tour

Hot Dates-June 2007

Agent Provocateur

Mixed (Up) Media

Another AIDS Movie for Philadelphia

Say What?!-June 2007

Attention, K-Y Shoppers

The Next Best Thing to Being There

Getting Crafty

Baggage Claim

Editor's Letter-June 2007

Mailbox-June 2007

Catch of the Month—June 2007

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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June 2007

In the Running

by Laura Whitehorn

New drugs and whole new class wowed in the 2007 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). Here’s news to use, of meds new and old:
  • More than ten years after the discovery that HIV is best treated by combining several different drug classes, a new med class—integrase inhibitors, hereby christenedinnies—joins the treatment arsenal of nukes, non-nukes, protease inhibitors (PIs) and entry inhibitors (EIs). Integrase inhibitors stop HIV from packing its DNA into immune cell genes. Closest to an FDA OK—possibly later this year—is Merck’s Isentress (MK-0518) currently available through expanded access.
  • Maraviroc, Pfizer’s entry inhibitor pill, should hit pharmacies by fall.
  • Fosamax (aka alendronate), a drug that slows bone thinning, works safely for positive people (many of whom experience osteoporosis and osteopenia). Taking Fosamax plus calcium and vitamin D fortifies bone density betterthan calcium and D alone.

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