Recent HIV Touring Europe what do I do
Sep 27, 2003
I'm from Canada, age 35. Hiv- 6 months ago. Found I was positive 3 weeks ago. CD4 280, VL 76,000. I am in a company doing athletics, touring Europe. I feel fine, fit & well, but frightened. With this lowish CD4 should I get treatment soon, or do you think it is OK to wait till I return to Canade in 4 months time.
Response from Dr. Young
Assuming that you're really not having any symptoms, waiting a few months to start is probably not a terrible thing- though I'd prefer to see if you could get another set of labs before the end of the 4 month period, to make sure that things have not progressed too rapidly.
Actually, the Canadian and US docs dissagree somewhat on the best time to start therapy anyways-- US docs tend to recommend starting (as I do) with CD4s around 350, while Canadian (and UK) doctors tend to wait for CD4s to decline closer to 200.
Safe travels, BY
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