Vacation (with or without meds)
Sep 24, 2005
I am about to go on vacation to the US for a month and was considering stopping my meds whilst away - problems at imigration etc. I'm on Norvir,Kivexa, Reyataz regime once a day. What would the side effects of stopping for this short break be? I wasn't particulary unwell before going on meds in fact it's debateable whether I should have ever started them. What do you think? Thanks
Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
It probably not too much of an issue to stop your regimen (abacavir/3TC + ritonavir/atazanavir) for a brief period of time, such are the vagaries of traveling through immigration with HIV medications. Typically, though most persons don't encounter any problems crossing into the states.
I wouldn't expect there to be too much in the way of side effects- indeed, your viral load probably wouldn't even return for a couple of weeks.
I'd be sure to let your doctor know about your treatment interruption, 'else if you had a viral load test performed some time after your return to the UK, a detectable viral load wouldn't be misinterpretted as treatment failure.
So, enjoy your trip across the pond. Good health to you, safe travels. BY
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