hiv meds question
Aug 19, 2007
HI.. I have a high T cell count and good viral load , can I stop taking meds for a few months without any troubles? thanks
Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
I'd have to ask why do you want to stop meds?
I'm generally not a fan of treatment interruptions because stopping puts you at risk of having HIV and non-HIV related complications and a small, but real risk of drug resistance. If you're having undesirable side effects, these should be addressed and a switch could be done without interruption.
If push comes to shove (as often happens in resource-limited countries) and medications are stopped, the overall risk of complications is low (though higher than staying on medications). Close clinical and laboratory monitoring is what I recommend in this setting- in order to know if your CD4 counts are dropping faster than expected.
Hope this helps. BY
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