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Starting meds based on recent labs.

Feb 3, 2008

Dr. my viral load has stayed about the same for the past 4 months at 86,550 copies/ml. My CD4 count keeps fluctuating from the high 400s to, more recently in the mid to high 300s. My most recent labs are 393/23%. My doctor says it's up to me to start. Im scared about growing resistance too early. He already wrote me a prescription in case I wanted to fill it but with these new labs he said it's up to me when I want to start. Your thoughts?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

No urgency to start, but given that viral load and where your CD4 count is today, you will be starting treatment sooner rather than later. I would wait for another set of numbers or two to see the trend.

viral load ranges for first year of infection
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