|might have to stop meds with move to another state
Jun 30, 2005
i am 59 yo male, poz for 21 years, with no medical problems. i have been on meds fo 10 yrs, cd4 750, vl 0. I have insurance now and the state i live in has a great assistance program, however i want to move to another state to care for an aging parent, and won't be able to keep this insurance. The state i'm moving to has a waiting list for drug assistance, and i'm not at all sure if i can buy high risk insurance. How much time could i expect before my cd4's, vl's could start to deteriorate? Is there any way to predict? Thanks in advance for any answer. nw
| Response from Dr. Wohl
What will happen if you stop your meds can be best predicted by your pre-treatment viral load. A high viral load prior to therapy would predict a more rapid drop in your CD4 cell count than a lower count.
I would try to be creative and try to stay on your meds. This may require frequent return visits to your home state, having it mailed to you or other measures.
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