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Should I start meds?
Jan 15, 2008

Yes, I tested positive 8 months ago. My first labs were 581--CD4, and 210,000 for viral load. My second labs 3 months later were, 313--CD4, and a viral load for 97000. Then my most recent labs were 329--CD4, and a viral load of 290,000.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Since you have two consecutive labs with CD4 counts below 350, and you have a rather high HIV viral load, yes, I'd recommend starting treatment.

Talk to your doctor about your drug resistance testing and all of your potential treatment options-- then decide about which medications make the most sense for your body, your mind and your virus.

Best of health, BY

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