Aug 27, 2008
I`ve been Hiv positive since 1989 and my recent blood test showed my Viral Load is 1300 and my cd4 count dropped from 540 to 245.When I lived in Florida my viral load was always undetectable but since I moved to another state,3 years ago, it goes up and down.For the last 6 yrs I`ve been on Sustiva and the blue pill[abacavir300/lamivudine150/zdv300.My doctor from the Va has mentioned my changing to a 3 pill regiment...
Response from Dr. Frascino
Yep, it's time for a change! There is a good chance you've developed resistance to one or more of the drugs in your current combo. Before switching, I'd recommend you get a resistance test (genotype/phenotype). This will show which antiretrovirals your virus is no longer sensitive to and help your HIV specialist select a new, more effective, regimen for you. You can read more about HIV resistance tests and HIV medications on this site. Check under the Quick Links heading on The Body's homepage.
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