|did they make me start to early
Feb 24, 2005
Hi I tested positive for HIV in july 2004, I had swollen glands and ulcers in my throat around march and that is when my doctors think I seroconverted. In July my viral load was 150 000 and my cd4 was between 450-500 , 2 weeks later my viral load was down to 750 000 and 2 months later up to 80 000 and now in dec 2004 around 67 000 - my viral load has gone from 450 -318 -370. I started my meds with my vl at 67 000 and cd4 at 370. I am on sustiva, viread and 3tc. do you think I should have waited for a few more months to see if my cd4 and vl became more stable or was I right to start bare in mind the doctors think I was only infected around mar 2004?
many thanks for your help
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post and questions.
While the only time to start medications is when your willing and able to take them-- if I were you, with a CD4 count that was reproducibly below 400 and (presumably) I would be considering medications.
Yes, this is a relatively short period following your initial infection, but bear in mind that some patients have more rapid HIV progression (CD4 cell loss) than others-- I'd want to be pro-active, not reactive when it comes to starting treatment.
Hope this helps, BY
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