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starting treatment with low VL
Mar 7, 2005

my partner is considering starting meds. he has had less than 3000 viral load last three tests, and CD 4 went from 340, 325, and last at 280. should he start just based on the cd 4 count, even though the viral load in 3000?

Response from Dr. Young

In a word, yes.

If the CD4 count is below 350 and is trending downward, then treatment is recommended, irrespective of viral load. Indeed, some persons have progression to AIDS, even with very low viral loads. Starting on treatment before complications is the best way to prevent AIDS complications. BY



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