February #32 : Déjà Vu

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Table of Contents

Marked Man

Warts and All

Cracker Jack

Names Will Never Hurt You?

War on the Warts

Rub a Drug Flub

Déjà Vu

Green Means Go

The Cutting Edge

Sealed w/KS

Shalala Infections

An Ad Is an Ad Is an Ad

ADAP Tapped

Trojan Wars

Girls on Trial

The Pill Drill

Say What

Tapped for Greatness

My Brother

Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels

Carmine’s Story

There Is Hope: Learning to Live With HIV

Crocodile Tears

The Kinsey Sicks



Cocktails: The Morning After

Patrolling the Borders


Instruments of Infection

Hiccup Blues

A New Kind of Waisting

.38 Caliber

The Labors for Your Fruits

Barbed Comments

Party Planner

Hollywood Golightly

At the End of My Hope

Criminal Body

I Got All My Sistahs With Me

Primo Chemo



POZ Stars


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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February 1998

Déjà Vu

A dual to the start

Whose standard of care is bigger? It’s a draw. The HIV treatment guidelines put out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. branch of the International AIDS Society (IAS) are virtually identical: Both push a protease-based three-drug combo and advise that most HIVers with no symptoms delay therapy, particularly those who can’t adhere to pain-in-the-butt regimens. The major difference involves when to start treatment: HHS recommends it when one’s viral load exceeds 10,000 to 20,000 copies/mL or when one’s CD4 count is less than 500; the more-aggressive IAS says 5,000 to 10,000, regardless of CD4s. Why the difference? Check out the membership on the two panels: Although the usual AIDS suspects had a hand in drafting both guidelines, the IAS was a doctors-only affair, while the feds featured not only docs, researchers and industry reps but activists and PWAs, many of whom are skeptical of early intervention.

The difference may be so much hair-splitting. “The guidelines disagree in an area where nobody has the absolute answer, so it comes down to expert opinion,” said Project Inform’s Martin Delaney, an HHS panel member. He and others doubt the need for the redundancy and question the rules’ timeliness. “We don’t need two sets, and a lot of it is out of date,” he said. “They make a religious issue out of everyone having to be on two nucleosides and one protease, but now we’re looking at more powerful two-drug combos.”

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