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Friend of Tinky

Brothers' Keeper

The New AIDS Look

Publisher's Letter


Death Of A Diva

Israel’s Madonna

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The Maine Event

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Family Portrait, With Fidel

On Making A Hard Sell

The Riddle Of Limerick

Winter White

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Helping Hands

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Mixed Messages

PEP Rally

Herb Of The Month

Traveling The Light

Comfort Zone

E-Mail Bonding

What Big Enzymes You Have

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Hot Off the Stress

6.30.89: Art Throb

Have HIV, Will Travel

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 2000

Comfort Zone

Liquid ddI changed my life! I used to endure the enormous, chalky, chewable tablets (four at a time) and then drink water as quickly as possible to wash it all down and avoid the noxious aftertaste. (I’m told that ddI tablets have nothing on the long-lasting metallic flavor of liquid ritonavir, but sometimes they truly nauseated me.) Then a friend who is an HIV nurse told me about liquid ddI. It’s the formulation designed for kids, but it can be prescribed for adults. Ever since my doc wrote me a prescription, I simply pour the ddI, water and Maalox combo into my handy, plastic 30-milliliter cup (doses vary) and swig it down. Voila! The only drawback? It needs to be refrigerated, but I’m happy to stomach that for a quick and easy dose.
—Beth Hasties, Boston

Liquid (pediatric) versions of ddI and some other antiretrovirals can help the medicine go down. Ask your doc.

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