Jan 8, 2006
I was just diagnosed pos. this dec my cd4 count was 255 and my viral load 1300. I am not very well informed on this virus and all it's issues.My doc says i am in a grey area that sometimes not treating this can be benificial to the future of my treatment.I am extremely healthy 29 yrs old, i used to box until i got this result and continue to stay in great shape.So I am worried that treating now may reduce the chances of a long healthy life.At the same time i do not know what these numbers mean exactly or how things will change if i do drop under 200 or if i should delay treatment until i am right at 200.I know that now adays even below 200 the medication can turn all around but is gambling now with treatment more or less benifical to longevity?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't need to start treatment immediately. However, I would like to see another set of numbers or two to establish the trend. Although your current viral load is low, indicating a low viral replication rate and perhaps a stable CD4 count at that level, treatment now will shut the virus off and increase your CD4 count significantly. You are not at a dangerous CD4 count yet, but you are approaching it. Positive effects of treatment need to be balanced with the risk of side effects.
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