|When to start pills
Nov 29, 2004
I have been positive for three years. My viral load is undectectable and my CD4 count 1640.
I know I am extremely blessed and thank GOD for my health. When do doctors normally want patients to begin the cocktail?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your questions and post.
You're very fortunate to have a very high CD4 cell count and extremely low (ie. undetectable) viral load. These numbers portend a very long symptom-free period for you. In general, most HIV specialists don't recommend starting HIV treatments in asymptomatic persons until the CD4 count is repeatedly below 350. For patients with persistent HIV-related symptoms, like fever or severe fatigue, then treatments could be started at any time, irrespective of CD4 count.
Hope this helps, thanks for reading. BY
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