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Start Treatment ?
Nov 18, 2007


Diagnosed Nov 2002 - before this year - my VL was between 3,000 and 20,000 and tcells around 550. Starting in January 2007:

Jan - VL=3,000,tcells 500 Apr - VL=45,000,tcells=450 Jul - VL=145,000, tcells=430 Oct - VL=58,000,tcells=460

My doctor sees little benefit in waiting to start treatment any longer, and is recommending I start now using Truvada and Sustiva. What are your thoughts on starting now and the treatment he's recommending?

Many thanks.

Response from Dr. Pierone

Please see my post from earlier today about the notion of starting treatment sooner than the guidelines recommend. The choice itself is fine, Truvada and Sustiva (aka Atripla) represents the current gold standard for initial therapy.

Atripla working despite resistance
Hiv inside the body and blood transfutions

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