Email 444: Prophylaxes for PLHIV's

Posted by Pozziepinoy on 2:08 PM

Hi Pozziepinoy! 

I have a question. What is the best antibiotic prophylaxis prescribed for PLHIVs? What is the dosage? In your case, what are your prophylaxes? Thank you!

JAY

POZZIEPINOY’S RESPONSE


Hi JAY.

Thank you for your email.

Prophylaxes are medicines to prevent certain infections. Related to HIV are the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) given to medical practitioners and rape victims within 72 hours after possible exposure; and the prophylaxis given to PLHIV's who have CD4 counts below 200-250 to prevent opportunistic infections.

Usually the prophylaxis given to PLHIV's with CD4 below 250 are cotrimoxazole and azithromycin. However, please don't take these without your HIV doctor's prescription. Also some hubs prescribe isoniazid and once again, please consult with your doctor first. If you are a PLHIV's, you can't just take any medicine without the advice of your HIV doctor. No self prescription and no self medication. I am no doctor so I can't tell you what the dosages of these medicines as it is a case to case basis depending on your baseline tests. 

I hope I was able to answer your concerns. Feel free to email me again if you have other questions.


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Pozziepinoy







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