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Leading Ladies

Wonder Women

Crystal Clear

Go With the Flow

A Tell-Tale Heart

Going Rogue

Medicine Chest

Shifting the Starting Lines

The Power of Pampering

POZ Q&A: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Big Talk in the Big Apple

Faith in Numbers

Tropic Thunder

Are You Positive You’re Negative?

Editor's Letter-March 2010

Your Feedback-March 2010

In Memoriam

GMHC Treatment Issues-March 2010

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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March 2010

Medicine Chest

HIV drug news

Selzentry (maraviroc, an entry inhibitor) is now FDA-approved for people new to HIV meds. Before, it was available only to people who had developed resistance to other meds.

Intelence (etravirine, a non-nuke) has received full FDA approval—but it is still only prescribed for people who’ve already taken at least one previous HIV combo.

Bevirimat (an experimental maturation inhibitor) might not work for the nearly 40 percent of positive people whose HIV has certain resistance mutations. That’s in addition to those with resistance to protease inhibitors (PIs), for whom bevirimat’s power might also be muted. Researchers believe drug-resistance screening might be needed before bevirimat is prescribed.

Lexiva (fosamprenavir, a PI) may raise the risk of heart attack, according to the FDA. The drug’s manufacturer suggests screening people for triglyceride and cholesterol levels before prescribing Lexiva.   

Retrovir (zidovudine, a nuke) can now be given to babies as young as 4 weeks old (before, it was only for infants 6 weeks and up). The FDA has also issued new pediatric dosing guidelines for the drug. For details, search “new dosing Retrovir” at

Search: Selzentry, Intelence, Bevirimat, Lexiva, Retrovir, FDA, resistance, combo, experimental maturation inhibitor, resistance mutations, heart attack, risk, cholosterol, infants

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