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Getting Back On Meds
Dec 9, 2004

My uncle was diagnosed with HIV in the 80s. For many years he took medication. He stopped taking medicine a year ago, and recently found out that he has a T cell count of 4. Is it too late for him to start taking medication again?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

It's never to late to start back on HIV medications, though clearly, it's better not to wait for your CD4 count to drop to such terribly low levels.

At this point, it is really important (and quite possibly life-saving) to find an experienced HIV doctor and find the best possible combination HIV treatment possible. You can help your uncle by making sure that he misses as few doctor's appointments and medication doses as possible.

Good luck, BY

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