|CMV and HIV
Dec 27, 2004
I was recently diagnosed with HIV and then told I have CMV. I know this is considered AIDS, with this diagnosis what do I do next? Will I start meds right away? Will this prolong my time here? I am still quite shocked and don't know how to cope. What should I do? Thanks for any help you can offer.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your question, sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis.
I'm not sure about the exact details of your CMV -- was it diagnosed by a blood test (positive antibodies) or was there evidence of so-called CMV end-organ disease (like retinitis or colitis). The former has no particular bearing on whether to start HIV medications or AIDS status; the later implies advanced AIDS and requires treatment for both HIV and CMV.
When you find out this information, write back -- I can fill in some of the additional details then.
Good luck, thanks for reading. BY
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