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effectiveness of meds??? concerned
Sep 19, 2003

I was wondering as to the effectiveness of antiretrovirals as a means of stopping progression to AIDS? At present would someone who has just tested positive but adheres fully to the regime of drugs be still expected to progress to AIDS or would the present drug regime be sufficent to keep this person alive? Will the majority of people infected in 2003 progress to AIDS and die of related complexs irregardless of their adherence to the meds?

Thanks for taking the time to listen, it really is appreciated

Response from Dr. Young

Current medications are very, very potent and effective in preventing AIDS progression or death. Indeed, the most recent presentation of the clinical trial Abbott 720 shows us that if one can continue to take the medications, that the vast majority (>90%) of persons have undetectable viral loads and continued increases in CD4 counts, even 5 years after starting. So not only does medications prevent complications, but they restore immunological health.

It's my bet that recently infected persons will live a near-normal or normal life expectancy and go on to die of other causes. BY


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