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Viral load on the rise

Jun 18, 2005

My last labs results showed a viral load of 50,000/ t-cell count of 514. The month prior the counts were T-cell 619/Viral load 7,300. I have been positive since Sept'01 and never been on meds. When should I begin to consider such treatment, and are there any other effective ways to defer the necessity of HIV Meds?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You are not a point yet where treatment is absolutely indicated. Current recommendations are to start treatment when the CD4 count is < 350, or if > 350, if the viral load is > 100,000. I would wait to see another set of labs to see where the trend is going. Current HIV treatment is still the most effective way of preserving immune function.

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