Question: What is a serodiscordant relationship?

A Mixed status couple is when one partner is HIV-negative and the other is HIV-positive. Also known as a serodiscordant couple or a serodifferent couple. Using protection means that couples can have sex without passing HIV on.

What is meant by serodiscordant?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A serodiscordant relationship, also known as mixed-status, is one where one partner is infected by HIV and the other is not. This contrasts with seroconcordant relationships, in which both partners are of the same HIV status.

What does mixed status relationship mean?

If you learn that your partner is HIV positive and you know for sure that you are HIV negative, you are in what is called a mixed status relationship (also known as a sero-different couple).

What can Haart do?

HAART can control viral load, delaying or preventing the onset of symptoms or progression to AIDS, thereby prolonging survival in people infected with HIV. HAART has been in use since 1996 and has changed what was once a fatal diagnosis into a chronically managed disease.

How many serodiscordant couples are there?

In surveillance studies, it is common to detect large numbers of serodiscordant couples: in concentrated epidemics, 0 to 6% of all couples may be serodiscordant, while in generalized epidemics this figure ranges from 9 to 17% [5].

How long is HAART given for?

The median duration of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) regimens was reported to be 11.8 months in one US study, but that study included both treatment-experienced and treatment-naive patients. The duration of initial HAART regimens for treatment-naive patients alone has not been reported.

How effective is HAART?

HAART reduces mortality among adults infected with HIV. A randomized trial among HIV-infected adults with CD4 cell counts of < 200 cells/mm3 found a 57% lower mortality associated with HAART, compared with a regimen including 2 nucleoside analogues [1].

When do you start antiretroviral therapy?

Treatment with HIV medicines (called antiretroviral therapy or ART) is recommended for everyone with HIV. People with HIV should start taking HIV medicines as soon as possible after their HIV is diagnosed. A main goal of HIV treatment is to reduce a persons viral load to an undetectable level.

What is the most serious problem with HAART therapy?

Several uncommon but more serious adverse effects associated with antiretroviral therapy, including AZT-associated anemia, d4T-associated peripheral neuropathy, PI-associated retinoid toxicity (exemplified by pruritus and ingrown toenails) and NNRTI-associated hypersensitivity reactions, are treated according to

What is the goal of HAART?

HAART can control viral load, delaying or preventing the onset of symptoms or progression to AIDS, thereby prolonging survival in people infected with HIV. HAART has been in use since 1996 and has changed what was once a fatal diagnosis into a chronically managed disease.

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