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what meds and when
Oct 26, 2002

whens the best time to start meds and which are the best ones?Im so confused,what is the percentage of ppl whos body reject all medications and have to fight hiv alone?Could getting help from the wrong doctor end your life sooner?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your questions.

There is no best time nor best medication for all persons. There is a growing consensus that the need to start medications starts with CD4 counts somewhere between 350 and 200. The best medication to use really depends on the particulars of your clinical situation and aversion to particular types of side effects or dosing schemes.

The clearest answer to your question is your last point. Clearly experience of the doctor (or other healthcare provider) is key to improved survival and quality of life. Several recent studies have shown that patients who receive their care from inexperienced doctors live less long than those who receive care from experienced docs (defined in one study, as merely 6 HIV infected persons). -BY

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