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Dr. Young
Jan 11, 2002

Dr. Young: If an individual undergoes HIV treatment with CD4 counts of 600+ and viral load of 30,000 within a year of infection might it not be possible for some kind of break from meds later? Thanks

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for the question.

I'll assume that you started HAART with an initial CD4 count of 600... if this is the case, one could argue that you could have deferred on the initiation of treatment. This not being the case, the decision to interrupt therapy, once started involves looking at multiple factors, including nadir (lowest ever) CD4 count, current viral load, tolerance of medications and risk for poor adherence.

Your viral load of 30,000 is roughly, speaking an average one, and therefore it is reasonable to not expect a dramatic decline in CD4s should you stop.

Best advice, is to discuss the issue carefully with your health care provider. Hope this is helpful, BY

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