Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

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What is human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a viral infection which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV specifically attacks CD4 cells, which are part of the body's immune system. With treatment, often called antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV infection can be well-controlled.

Common symptoms reported by people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
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Treatment name(s)

(Truvada)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
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Treatment name(s)

(Atripla)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
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Treatment name(s)

(Complera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Sustiva)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
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Treatment name(s)

(Isentress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
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Treatment name(s)

(Norvir)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Epzicom)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
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Treatment name(s)

(Prezista)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
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Treatment name(s)

(Tivicay)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13

Data from patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Flatulence 14 more
Total evaluations
14
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Treatment name(s)

(Truvada)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Chronic Diarrhea 10 more
Total evaluations
14
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Treatment name(s)

(Atripla)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Vivid dreams Dizziness 18 more
Total evaluations
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Complera)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Burning nerve pain in right foot 9 more
Total evaluations
17
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Treatment name(s)

(Sustiva)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dizziness and feeling faint 3 more
Total evaluations
14
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Treatment name(s)

(Isentress)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Diarrhea 10 more
Total evaluations
11
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Treatment name(s)

(Norvir)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea GI problems
Total evaluations
12
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Treatment name(s)

(Epzicom)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic Diarrhea chronic kidney disease 2 more
Total evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Prezista)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea GI problems 3 more
Total evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Tivicay)
Perceived effectiveness
for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 184
30s 621
40s 729
50s 759
60s 288
70+ 49
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 24
20-29 years 201
30-39 years 197
40-49 years 94
50-59 years 29
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

25% Female
75% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
HIV-1: Group M: CRF 94
HIV-1: Group M: Type A1 232
HIV-1: Group M: Type A2 18
HIV-1: Group M: Type B 113
HIV-1: Group M: Type C 11
HIV-1: Group M: Type D 9
HIV-1: Group M: Type F1 9
HIV-1: Group M: Type F2 5
HIV-1: Group M: Type G 6
HIV-1: Group M: Type H 4
HIV-1: Group M: Type J 1
HIV-1: Group M: Type K 3
HIV-1: Group N 6
HIV-1: Group O 34
HIV-2 25
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,123
Not Diagnosed 43

These charts show data from HIV patients who have completed their condition history
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