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starting treatment in symptomatic HIV+...please answer
Apr 1, 2004

Dear Doctors,

I red the guidelines about when to start treatment in asymptomatic patiens. I got infected about two months ago and I have some symptoms since. White coated tongue, some pain under the armes that come and go and some burning tingling sensation in the groin area. Does this mean that I would have to start treatment because I am symptomatic? What exactly symptomatic means? I was told to wait with the testing for another month at least. Am I in danger with waiting. Please answer me. I have posted several questions but never got a respond. I desperately need your help. Sincerely, Peter

Response from Dr. Pierone

Some people with acute infection have a variety of symptoms. If you were infected several months ago, it is a judgment call whether or not to start treatment. Do you know the viral load and CD4 count?

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