Nov 28, 2004
I was infected with HIV about one year ago, and have been in a research program since March 2004. The people from the program say that I can hold off on medication. My doctor suggested that I consider starting. I want to wait to start as long as I can. I would greatly appreciate your opinion on this matter.
My numbers are as follows; and I have no symptoms, drug resistance, or co infections. I also have a healthy lifestyle.
Date Viral Load CD4 and %
04/06/04 102,000 502 37% 04/12/04 83,000 550 36% 04/19/04 140,000 455 32% 04/27/04 116,000 525 35% 05/25/04 139,000 603 33% 07/09/04 85,000 512 29% 08/03/04 262,000 494 33% 09/07/04 57,000 466 34% 10/12/04 51,000 472 33% 11/09/04 54,000 540 36%
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post and question.
I'm in agreement with your research program doctors. You have a stable CD4 percentage and a viral load that is below the most recent thresholds for starting treatment. (Check out the DHHS guidelines for details.)
Given that you have stable labs and assuming that you're asymptomatic, I think that continuing to defer on starting with continued monitoring of symptoms and CD4 counts would be reasonable.
Good luck, BY
can i wait a few months?
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