Can you treat it? I am HIV + and have had a staph infection for 50 days.

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Hi Jayden, HIV originally can cause your immune system to become weak. And staph infections can be refractory to treat if it gets resistant to the antibiotics. Therefore, you'd better collect some tissue samples for drug sensitivity test against the staph you are infected with. After you get the results, apply the sensitive antibiotics with a full duration and a full dose.

HIV can not be cured, it can only be treated and controlled. Staph infection should be treated with antibiotics. You do not mention where the staph infection is. If it is skin infection, there are antibiotic creams that you can use, such as mupirocin cream.

Hi, HIV harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. This puts you at risk for serious infections. There’s no cure for HIV, but medication can control HIV and prevent complications. These medications are called antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART is usually a combination of three or more medications from several different drug classes. Two drugs from one class, plus a third drug from a second class, are typically used. The classes of anti-HIV drugs include:

    Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) turn off a protein needed by HIV to make copies of itself. Examples include efavirenz (Sustiva), rilpivirine (Edurant) and doravirine (Pifeltro).

    Nucleoside or nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) are faulty versions of the building blocks that HIV needs to make copies of itself. Examples include abacavir (Ziagen), tenofovir (Viread), emtricitabine (Emtriva), lamivudine (Epivir) and zidovudin (Retrovir). Combination drugs also are available, such as emtricitabine/tenofovir (Truvada) and emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (Descovy).

    Protease inhibitors (PIs) inactivate HIV protease, another protein that HIV needs to make copies of itself. Examples include atazanavir (Reyataz), darunavir (Prezista) and lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra).

    Integrase inhibitors work by disabling a protein called integrase, which HIV uses to insert its genetic material into CD4 T cells. Examples include bictegravir sodium/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide fumar (Biktarvy), raltegravir (Isentress) and dolutegravir (Tivicay).

    Entry or fusion inhibitors block HIV's entry into CD4 T cells. Examples include enfuvirtide (Fuzeon) and maraviroc (Selzentry).

Staph is a type of germ (bacteria) that can cause infections almost anywhere in the body. Normally treatments of a staph infection may include:

    Antibiotics. Your doctor may perform tests to identify of the staph bacteria behind your infection, and to help choose the antibiotic that will work best.

    Wound drainage. If you have a skin infection, your doctor will likely make an incision into the sore to drain fluid that has collected there.

    Device removal. If your infection involves a device or prosthetic, prompt removal of the device is needed. For some devices, removal might require surgery.