July/August #136 : Control Issues - by Rachel Rabkin Pechman

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The Killing Fields


Vote of Confidence

Getting Crystal Clear

Mother Lode

High Definition

Control Issues

Going Green

The Mirror Has Two Chins

Trans America

Gimme Some Skin

Pole Position

RED Bull?

Uniform Care

Bush's Test Results

Achy Breaky HAART


A Ryan White Scorecard

Hot Dates-July/August 2007

The Art of Activism

Bringing Sexy Back

Trigger Happy

Culture Wars

Oui Are the World

Big Gulp

Editor's Letter-July/August 2007

Catch of the Month-July/August 2007

Mailbox-July/August 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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July / August 2007

Control Issues

by Rachel Rabkin Pechman

Herpes meds may suppress more than herpes. People with HIV who control their genital herpes cut their danger of passing HIV to partners—and may reduce their own viral loads. Two studies from last February’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections found that women with herpes and HIV who took herpes meds (acyclovir or valacyclovir) reduced HIV shedding. HIV levels also dropped—in blood as well as in genital secretions.

How did the drugs do it? “A herpes outbreak revs up the immune system, activating CD4 cells in an effort to fight the infection,” says Lloyd Bailey, MD, of New York City’s St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital. “Activated CD4 cells are available for HIV infection.” Stifling herpes, then, may limit HIV’s chances to attack. If you have HIV, consider being tested for herpes—it doesn’t always cause symptoms.

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