Is the HIV treatment necessary now?
Jun 4, 2000
A Thai young man, was found for the first time to have 2410 copies/ml in his HIV viral load in May 1999, and 1280 copies/ml in May 2000 at the same laboratory using the same method, Amplicor PCR Diagnostics. He has never taken any anti-virus drugs at all, and has not yet been treated either. His health in general is better now than last year. He has gained 5 kg, and has a couple of questions as follows: 1. Is the decrease in his viral load normally possible? 2. Is the treatment now necessary? What are the drugs of your choice? AZT and Videx are available in Thailand.
Response from Dr. Dieterich
1. There really is no decrease in viral load, those numbers are the same and they are low viral loads.
2. If the CD4 cells are above 350, most people would not start treatment with a low viral load like that. If the viral load goes above 10-20,000 or the T-cells drop below 350 then you should start for sure. Good Luck and get those T-cells checked! DTD
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.