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HIV-2 primary infection & meds
Jun 28, 2004

I am in the primary infection stage of HIV-2. My T-cells are at 800 and viral load at 1600. Due to it being type 2, what are your thoughts on starting early treatment?

Response from Dr. Pierone

HIV-2 is a less aggressive virus than HIV-1 and very few treatment studies have been done. Because of the lower virulence of this virus I would be less inclined to recommend treatment of primary infection, especially with the low viral load. HIV-2 has natural resistance to medications like Sustiva and AZT so protease inhibitor based therapy is standard. Good luck!



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