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Cd4 counts and action
Aug 11, 2012

I recently I had the virus. I track to getting infected about 6 months ago. My cd4 is 455 and was put on complera. My doc told me that I didn't need to be on meds right away, but all my reading, and speaking with others say that usually it should be 800-12000. Should I take that as a sign that maybe I should seek another doc? My doc also said complera also had less side effects, but will it be as effective. I wanted to know your thoughts

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Experts have different opinions about when to start HIV meds, and at what specific CD4 count. Although the recent guidelines suggest everyone with HIV infection (even with a normal CD4 count) should be on HIV meds, that recommendation is based on expert opinion and little clinical trial evidence. Other experts suggest waiting. Complera is perfectly acceptable as a first regimen to treat HIV infection.



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