Doctors not responding to resistance
Jul 9, 2004
Hi. I am concerned about my boyfriend's current treatment. He obviously has been developing a resistance for some time now- maybe over a year- & his doctors have chosen to keep him on the same regime regardless, saying that they do not consider this a failure. Diagnosed with AIDS roughly 2+ years ago, with 46 T cells, he then remained undectible w/ climbing T-cells to 300-400 for 1 year. Over the last year, his Viral load has been up to 5,000. His latest test is VL 3500 & T-cells 380, percentage 17%. I'm concerned as to why they are not switching him & whether this could set him up for further resistance. Please advise...
Response from Dr. Lee
You are asking appropriate questions. Has your husband asked his docs? You are correct to worry that there could be further resistance developing as the viral load remaining in this detectable range means there is viral turnover which can allow for mutations.
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