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When to start treatment
Mar 11, 2007

I was diagnosed HIV + two months ago and although I am scheduled to see an Infection Specialist next week I was wonder what levels of CD4 and viral load levels do typical hiv + patients start treatment. My CD4 count is 516 and my viral load is 19,600. Your opinion is greatly appreciated.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

If on repeat those numbers are relatively the same, you don't need treatment at this time. Most HIV practitioners agree that if the CD4 is < 350, or if > 350, the viral load is > 100,000, then HIV treatment should be started.



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