Jul 26, 2008
my friend has stopped taking her pills she has a low cd4 any risks
Response from Dr. Frascino
Yes. By stopping her antiretroviral medications, your friend will allow the HIV virus in her system to begin rapidly reproducing and infecting more CD4 cells. Infected CD4 cells die and as they do so, your friend will become increasingly susceptible to opportunistic infections and malignancies. This may well eventually cost her her life. I urge you to encourage your friend to talk to her HIV specialist. There has to be a reason she stopped, such as side effects, toxicity, inconvenience, etc. The HIV specialist should be able to help address those concerns, perhaps by adjusting or completely changing her antiretroviral drug regimen.
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