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stopping drugs due to resistance...?

Nov 22, 1999

Viral load rising as well as T cell count rising, have recieved advise to stop taking drugs ( AZT and 3TC and 'Sequiniver') and see how things go. Is this new theory or do we have knowledge that this is in fact a good move? Obviously feeling nervous about "going it alone" as the drugs had previously gotten viral load to zero. Doctor said this is called "discord"..any light you can shed would be very helpful.Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

What you are describing is called a discordant response. There are studies being established to look at stopping therapy in people who have had significant CD4 cell increases, and primarily in those with undetectable viral loads. Although alot of who should potentially stop still needs to be worked out. You don't indicate whether this is your first regimen. If it is, you have plenty of options, and may want to go with the traditional route of starting another potent regimen and driving the virus back to MH

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