December #30 : An Aye for an Eye - by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One



Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

Bear Essentials

Brace Yourself

All That Jazz

Respect Your Elders!

Bill of Health

Nunz With Attitude

POZ Picks-December 1997

Don't Mess With Mama

All Yesterday's Parties

The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine

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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December 1997

An Aye for an Eye

by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

Anti-CMV device gets the wink, with warnings

A new implant may put an end to needles in the eye for PWAs with CMV retinitis. "Patients didn't appreciate weekly eye injections," said Dr. David Musch, a University of Michigan researcher who helped develop the treatment. The device-a tiny ganciclovir-packed disk surgically fastened to the white of the eye-can be effective for up to six months, and then replaced. The original syringe treatment needed tending about every 70 days. One "implant" hitch bound to twitch eyebrows: The virus is more likely to creep into your other, untreated eye. A potential solution? Oral. "The other eye is susceptible to the same condition because the virus is systemic," said Munsch, adding that the old IV sticker delivered drug automatically to both eyes. "We give the patient an oral tablet in hopes of protecting the other eye." Research is under way to determine the effectiveness of this one-two-punch. The hope is that a steady supply of ganciclovir to the retina can halt CMV's progress and damage to your sight. "Over 5,000 units have been successfully implanted to date-all in HIV patients," said a rep of the implant manufacturer, Chiron Vision.

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