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Can I take a drug holliday
Apr 29, 2003

Dear Dr. Hoodniy,

There seems to be some debate as to whether one may stop treatment once began.

I have been HIV postitive for 13 years. I have been meds. free until the last 20 months. At that time, for the first time in all these years my tcells were below 500 (465) and I had a detectable viral load, although not terribly high. I believe aroung 50000. The main factor that determined that I should start treatment was a dangerously low platelet count.

I have been taking trizivir since that time. I have recently missed dosages. My platelets are normal, my tcells are above 700 and my viral load is undetectable.

Can I not stop taking the Trizivir?

Thank you

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I believe I answered this question on a previous question that was posed.



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