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Should I change medical regimens?

Apr 7, 2001

I was diagnosed as HIV+ 5 years ago. I was on combivir for less than a year and then my doctor switched me to the protease inhibitors (norvir,fortavase,zerit, and videx). My viral count became undetectible and my cd4 count went up to almost 700. Recently my viral load went up but is still undetectible. My doctor wants to change my regimen again. Should I? Is the risk higher for resistance to the meds?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I am a little confused when you say your "viral load went up, but is undetectable". If your viral load is truly undetectable (ie < 50/ml), there is no reason to change treatment. If your viral load has become detectable, I would have to know at what level, and whether on repeat, it was still elevated to decide whether to change treatment. MH

Viral load and HIV side effects
latent period / early symptomatic

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