|Time for Meds?
Mar 24, 2007
Thank you. I have been more or less a non-progressor since I was diagnosed in October of '99; having been infected somewhere in that past year. My cd4s have hovered in the 400-600 range since day one. My VL was always under 500 and my percentage around 40%. Over the past few tests my cd4s are averaging 380 and my VL is slowly creaping up around 16k with a percentage drop to 35%. I'm 49 and overall in excellent health. Is it times for meds in your opinion? Thanks so much for this forum.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You are clearly on the fence. Your CD4 percent is still quite healthy, but the percent and absolute number are drifting down with a concomitant increase now in your viral load. You may plateau here for a while or see a continued decreased in CD4 count. There is no urgency and so another set of numbers may help determine go or no go. I think if you see a continued decline in both CD4 count and percent, even if small, I would pull the trigger and start.
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