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I stopped my HIV meds 3 months ago & I'm still undetectable and CD4 counts in 600

May 11, 2013

I have been very depressed. I am on antidepressants (20mg Cytalopram daily) and .5 Lorazapam as needed for anxiety daily and Trazadone at bedtime but I still am in unstable housing and struggling financially and feel alone so I opted to just let HIV win. So three months ago I stopped all HIV meds (complera). I have remained undetectable and my cd4 count was 640 about where it was when I was taking the complera. My percentage went up even to 41%. That seems like I got healthier being off the HIV meds and has me questioning if doctors are over prescribing for pharmaceutical companies and the corrupt for profit industry. Could I be functionally cured? If not when will a decline come based on your best estimates of working with patients who take a medicine holiday?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Although you don't indicate what your CD4 count was before starting treatment, we do see this phenomenon on occasion. I think you need a few more points on the line to see what the longer term trend will be.

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