|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.
How long will this regimen last?
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