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Wait till AIDS starts?

Nov 14, 2007

this is going to be hopefully my last one before i take my friend to the doctor. she doesn't want to go see a doc until she feels some AIDS like symptoms. she just needs some depression drugs. is that a bad idea? she doesn't seem to be being on a medication. talking to the doc probably seems like talking or bargaining your life span. is that okay if she waits a bit before she sees a doctor. she has been positive for more than 4 years.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

I do not think that one either needs to or should wait until becoming symptomatic with AIDS prior to seeing a doctor. This would be like driving a car without a seat belt and putting the belt on after a serious accident. It is a much better idea to have a sense for one's health status and deciding on a plan of action based on information, not speculation. This is particularly important, since there are many patients with profoundly impaired immune function (read: AIDS) who may not yet have clinical symptoms.

HIV care involves a lot more than just HIV medicine. It would be a shame to suffer unwanted life-threatening conditions without the full understanding of risk and treatment options.

Hope this helps, BY

what do i do now?
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