How to get an AIDS diagnosis
Dec 24, 2007
Recently discontinued meds because I have been homeless for 1 1/2 yrs, 6mo ago gave up and adherence dropped and was worried about developing a resistant mutation. So 2mo ago discontinued my meds. My first yr on meds had a 98.5% adherence level. I started meds @ 232 T-cells. Now within 2mo of discontinuing my T-cells droped from 600 to 258 and viral load went up from 70 to 562,000. When I originally began meds i never had any major opportunistic diseases, but was really worn out... I've decided I will not resume meds untill I get below that 200 mark, as you can't seem to get any help unless you have that full blown diagnosis. Looking for something (heavy alcohol ?) that would get me there quickly, so I can get back on the meds and do all the right things, which seems to me a healthier way to go than slowly dragging myself down, not to mention feeling like shit for a longer period of time. Getting housing and SSI are my priorities so I can get on with my life.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Unfortunately hastening an AIDS diagnosis is not something I would suggest or support. However, I am sympathetic to those who unfortunately cannot get HIV treatment unless they reach an AIDS diagnosis.
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