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confused as heck
Jul 2, 2006

i am confsued,

if i have a cd4 count of 500 do i need meds ?

someone told me i need medication to keep me in the hiv phase and prevent further deterioration.

another completly disgareed and said i am fine and as long as i eat healthy, excercise, have the right supplements and follow up with a doctor reglarly I don't need meds until my cd4 / viral load gets low.

who is right ?



Response from Dr. Wohl

Current US guidelines recommend HIV therapy in a number of situations including a CD4 cell count of 350, especially if the viral load is greater than 100,000. However, persons with major HIV symptoms such as thrush, weight loss, night sweats, despite a CD4 greater than 350 should also start therapy. In some countries, a CD4 count belwo 200 triggers therapy.

If you are into this stuff, consider reading the US guidelines, or at least the tables at the end. Click on


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