Sep 13, 2003
IS THAT TRUE, A PERSON WHO INFECTED WITH HIV HAS TO TAKE THE MEDICINE FOREVER? HOW DOCTOR DECIDED WHICH MEDICINE OR VACCINE TO USE FOR EACH PATIENT??
Response from Dr. Young
It's probably overstating things to state that you'll take medications forever-- I trust that there will be a time (if not already) when the degree of immune reconstitution will be such that we can stop medications (at least for a while). Indeed, some patients and doctors do elect to stop therapy when CD4 counts reach very high levels-- with close laboratory monitoring.
How to pick medications? There are a variety of factors that go into this decision-- the dosing frequency, number of pills, types of potential side effects all play a role. Knowledge of the possibility of initial drug resistance clearly can be important in this decision.
Lastly there aren't any approved (or proven) HIV therapeutic vaccines.
Hope this helps, BY
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