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May 6, 2004

when should i start taking treatment ,my weastern plot test is positive,but not any symptoms found.i was hiv negative one year ago.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your question.

You'll need to know your CD4 count and HIV viral load to make this decision. Assuming that your feeling well (asymptomatic), most doctors don't recommend starting HIV therapies until your CD4 count is reproducibly below 350 or for persons whose HIV viral load is greater than 55,000 (though most weigh the CD4 count much more than viral load).

On a side note, if you've recently become infected, this is a very important time to have your doctor evaluate your virus for the presence of drug resistance, as ~10% of recently infected persons in the US have some evidence of resistance.

Good luck, BY

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