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Aug 17, 2006

I was diagnosed in 2000 with HIV and have been taking a cocktail of Sustiva, Epivir and Zerit ever since. Because I recently moved to another state I decided to see a doctor closer to home and also actually get a physical since I haven't had one long before 2000. The new doctor found out that I was taking this drug cocktail and almost fell over! She said that no one should be taking Zerit any longer because of the side effects. I have super high cholesterol and I may be losing some of the fat in my face and legs. She says that this is very possibly due to the Zerit. She wants me to start Atripla instead. I'm afraid to do this since my viral load has been undetectable for about 4 years and I'm worried about changing to a drug that is 'new'. I've never had a sick day in my life with my meds and I don't want to start now, and I also don't want to start something that will not work for me. I guess I'm just plain scared. Is it good to start Atripla in place of my current cocktail?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

I'm in agreement with your doctor (including the fact that it's been far too long between your physicals).

So long as you've not had previous treatment failure (i.e., this is your first drug regimen), and your viral load is currently undetectable, there's little risk in switching out the d4T (Zerit) and 3TC (Epivir) for tenfovir/FTC and efavirenz (Atripla). Should you develop any unexpected side effects, you could always switch back, but I don't think that this will be an issue-- many patients have done this switch in years past.

Best of luck, BY

just found out HIV+ and pregnant
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