Jun 2, 2003
Dr., What are the results of the research (or your personal experience) regarding structured treatment interuptions, in terms of their length and staying power, and what type of progress is being made in this area? Thank you for your time.
Response from Dr. Boyle
Structured treatment interruptions in chronically HIV-infected patients are generally not thought to be an effective method for fostering autoimmunity to HIV or otherwise improving the control of HIV. So, most clinicians are not doing these, although some research continues in the area. Interrupting therapy, to give the patient a break from the medications, may be allowed, but the studies indicate that patients who have ever had a CD4 count <200 should be very careful since CD4 cells can be quickly lost and that loss may place them at risk for AIDS-defining events. Some patients who had high CD4 counts at baseline and on HAART can stay off meds for some time, and for the most part this is the patient population where treatment interruptions are being done.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- How Long Does Hiv Stay In Your Body Before You Know You Have It?
- How Many Days After Contact With Hiv Person Will Hiv Show Up In Blood?
- The Longest Anyone Has Lived With Hiv
- What Is The Causative Agent Of Hiv?
- Can Hepatitis C Clear Itself In The Body?
- Can You Get Hiv Even With Using A Condom?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.