How long will this regimen last?
Jun 11, 2006
Hiya. I hope I'm asking this question in the right place.
I was diagnosed positive about 2 years ago and almost immediately started on Sustiva and Combivir. Luckily, I've had almost no side effects of note. (It's almost like taking aspirin.) I've never missed a dose although lately I don't always hit a perfect 12-hour time interval between doses.
Almost immediately the viral load slid to undetectable and the CD4's have steadily risen from 220-ish to over 500.
These are, of course, all good things. My question: How long can I expect this regimen to work this well?
Thanks in advance!
Response from Dr. Wohl
Your regimen can remain successful for years. Recent data have demonstrated 7+ years of suppressed viral load on a potent protease inhibitor based regimen. A combo fo tenofovir+3TC+Sustiva has been shown to be effective going on 3 years and counting.
Given potent combination therapies started to be used only a decade ago, we do not have much in the way of longer term data.
Taking your meds religiously should keep things as they are for to forseeable future.
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