October #158 : Change of Life Doesn’t Change Treatment - by Laura Whitehorn

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Sex Crime

The Tales of Hofmann

Fighting for Our Freedom




Satisfy Yourself

Open Wide

Heart Beats

Go With the Flow

Change of Life Doesn’t Change Treatment

Word Up: HIV Sanctuary

Eye of the Storm

Berry Brouhaha




Condom Lockup

Greater Expectations

Recommended Reading

Radio Static

The Tamiflu Blues




Your Feedback-October 2009

Editor's Letter-October 2009

Making It Work



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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October 2009


Change of Life Doesn’t Change Treatment

by Laura Whitehorn

Ladies: Menopause may make you sweat, keep you up nights and have you bursting into tears without warning. But here’s some cool news: It won’t prevent your HIV combo from suppressing the virus.

Researchers had thought that because estrogen seems to help younger women keep viral loads low and CD4 counts high, women past menopause (which depletes the hormone) might respond less heartily to HIV meds. But an analysis of two large HIV treatment studies showed that pre- and post-menopausal women starting their first HIV combo reacted similarly to the meds, judging from CD4 counts and viral loads over nearly two years. While no data exist on second or third combos and menopause, says lead researcher Kristine Patterson, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her HIV and menopause research leads her to “firmly believe that whether any woman is pre- or post-menopausal shouldn’t affect viral load.” Keep reading POZ for more hot flashes on this subject.

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