|When to start meds
May 5, 2005
I was diagnosed as HIV+ in December 2004. My first Viral Load test was completed on April 6, 2005. The results were TCell Count 549, Viral Load 84,200. My doctor feels that we should retest in 6 months and then make a decision on med's.
I have had no indications of any illness as of yet, what would you recommend? Should I consider beginning a drug regiment? If so, do you recommend one over the other given my numbers?
| Response from Dr. Young
Sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. There's much apprehension in these early months and a lot of information to learn.
Long story short, with your current labs, I think that you doctor's approach is reasonable. I wouldn't rush into starting medications, and with your current CD4 count and HIV viral load, waiting between 3 and 6 months to repeat a set is ok.
Take the time in the next several months to get your preventive health (health maintenance) issues up to speed-- blood pressure, vaccinations, diet, exercise; also be sure to take the time to learn about your many treatment options.
While you won't have to start medications imminently (and hopefully for a very long time), knowing about your options will make you a more informed consumer and patient. Lastly, spend some time talking to your friends, case managers and other patients about their experiences-- knowledge is good.
I hope this helps. Good health to you. BY
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