July #114 : Cleared for Takeoff

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Southern Discomfort

Hot Type!

The Rath of Con


On the March!


AIDS Walk of Life

OOPS, They Did It Again

Read It and Weep

Legal Eye

Everyone's a Critic

POZ Picks

Brad Pity

Aren't You Due for a Vacation?

Before Packing

Planning by Numbers

Cleared for Takeoff

Staying Healthy on Holiday


Welcome Home

The Scoop on Ice Cream

You Gotta Move It

Zip 'Em Up

2 Is The Loneliest Number

C Note

New Kaletra, Nice to Meet Ya

Zerit Dosing

Take it From the Experts

Forbidden Fruit

Altared State

Shopping With Alice

Inside Job

Publisher's Letter

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 2005

Cleared for Takeoff

Get tested Experts advise a viral-load test. Undetectable? Let the break begin! 1,000 copies or more? Get a phenotype or genotype test—you might have to cancel your holiday. Set a budget Decide which numbers will trigger a return to your regimen. Expert advice: When viral load exceeds 100,000 or CD4s drop below 200, head home. Or, as Philadelphia AIDS researcher Luis Montaner, DVM, says, set a CD4-count limit about 15 percent above your nadir. And everyone agrees that what Sax calls “all those nonspecific cruddy feelings we used to call AIDS-related complex” should send you back to Doc. Early-bird special The general rule is to drop all your meds all at the same time, but since the non-nukes (Sustiva, Viramune) stay in your body longest, if you’re on them, stop them some days before the rest of your combo to avoid resistance.

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