The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Whats the hold up?
Apr 3, 2007

Hello, I was diagnosed positive on March 26 and on March 30 had all my bloodwork done. My doc has sent all the paperwork to the specialist who is supposed to contact me for treatment. I am able to access my tests online and am very concerned. I have a CD4 count of 270 but have not gotten the viral load back yet but suspect it will be high. I have also learned that I have hep b. With the resources on the site (which I thank you highly for) I expect to be on some type of treatment and have no problem in this however I am unrealistic in thinking I should have been contacted for a meeting with a specialist? I know I am not alone in having HIV but I am very scared and with the positive aspects I have read about treatments I just want to get started.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis; the first operational principle is that it is rarely, if ever, an emergency to start HIV medications. There's much to assess before starting medications; though you've had a avery quick return on your CD4 count, knowing your viral load and HIV resistance test results are essential prior to starting medications.

Likewise, additional understanding about your hepatitis B is also relevant, since some HIV medications also treat hep B.

I'd expect a call from the HIV specialist, sometimes thing could take a few days, but don't sit back and wait for things to happen; feel free to take ownership of your health and healthcare- just ring the office up and see if the referrals and appointment requests have been received. (We're all human and trying to do the best job, but sometimes things don't happen the way or time that they should.)

If your CD4 count is confirmed below 350, then the time is soon to start HIV medications. I'd still want to invest time into counselling you about your best treatment options, the hows and whys of adherence and to work on a lot of other preventive medical issues (like vaccinations, diet, exercise, smoking and the like).

I hope this helps, feel free to write back with any follow up questions. BY

Just Started Treatment
Bariatric Surgery/ Weight Loss

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint