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Cover image - Managing Side Effects booklet

This booklet is for people with HIV who experience side effects from HIV treatments or other physical symptoms that may be due to HIV infection. It will help you identify side effects, and provides suggestions on how to prevent, manage, reduce or eliminate some common side effects.

The truth about Truvada

Positive Living article • Neil McKellar-Stewart • 1 December 2013

Now that it’s being offered as PrEP, Neil McKellar-Stewart thought it was time we looked a bit closer at the big blue pill. read more »

Tales from the Network

Positive Living article • Peter Watts • 30 August 2012

It was while Peter Watts was introducing Joe to some of the services they offer at Queensland Positive People (QPP), that they got to talking.

Diagnosed with HIV some years ago, lately Joe had been struggling with his health and seemed, he said, to be constantly and overwhelmingly tired.

‘Sometimes I just don’t have enough energy to stand up in the shower,’ he told him. read more »

A Real Pain

Positive Living article • Graham Stocks • 28 November 2011

It can cause crippling pain in your hands and feet. It’s called peripheral neuropathy and almost a third of us with HIV have it in some form. But NEIL McKELLAR-STEWART may have found some relief. read more »

The ongoing effects of efavirenz

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 1 September 2011
symptoms, illnesses and opportunistic infections

Neuropsychiatric side effects are a common problem for people on efavirenz (EFV), but a study reported last year reveals just how common they are, and how long they last.

The SENSE trial was designed to evaluate whether 12 weeks of treatment with once-daily etravirine (ETR) plus 2NRTIs would lead to fewer neuropsychiatric adverse events than treatment with efavirenz plus 2NRTIs. read more »

Medical Challenges of HIV

This chapter covers some of the health related issues faced by people with HIV as they grow older. It features what some people have done to make a real difference in their lives. read more »

Fosamprenavir linked to heart problems

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 4 March 2010
Treating HIV

In December, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) issued a letter alerting clinicians to the potential association between use of their protease inhibitor fosamprenavir (Telzir) and dyslipidemia (abnormal blood fatA fat. levels) and myocardial infarction (heart attackA life-threatening emergency in which the blood supply to the heart is suddenly cut off, causing the heart muscle (myocardium) to die from lack of oxygen.). read more »

Antiretrovirals and your kidneys

Positive Living article • • 26 November 2009

Despite having been linked to the kidneys, tenofovir (Viread and also in the combination pill Truvada) appears not to cause more problems than other NRTIA type of anti-HIV drug that works by inhibiting a stage of the HIV life cycle called reverse transcription. Non-nucleosides work in a similar way, but are chemically different. drugs, US investigators have reported. read more »

Stepped dosing lessens efavirenz side-effects

Positive Living article • 20 August 2009
symptoms, illnesses and opportunistic infections

Efavirenz is currently one of the preferred options for people starting treatment. Used in combination with other antiretroviralsA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV., it is a highly efficient therapy, however, it is also common for people to experience ‘trippy’ side effects on the drug, particularly within the first few weeks. read more »

Side effects

From Antiviral treatments • 7 August 2009

Any drug can cause side effects, or unwanted effects. These can be divided into different types: allergic reactions and short-term side effects; ongoing side effects; and long-term toxicities or effects which can develop over a number of years. Not everyone gets side effects from their drugs and not everyone experiences the same side effects, many are quite rare. read more »

Other common tests

From Viral Load • 7 August 2009

Viral loadA measurement of the quantity of HIV RNA in the blood. Viral load blood test results are expressed as the number of copies (of HIV) per milliliter of blood plasma. and CD4 cell count results are two of the main tests used to inform treatment decisions about starting or changing treatments. Usually every time you have regular blood tests a whole range of other tests are done. Some of these are useful in monitoring for possible drug side effects and potential organ damage. read more »

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