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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