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Jan 20, 2008

hello Dr Young. I have been on atipla for allmost 3 years now started off with tcell 12 and viral load of 400000 been undetectable since started meds. I am in the process of switching over medical insurance and I am waiting for my new cards to arrive so I have gone about ten days now with nothing cant afford them so have to wait. Is this going to mess me up real bad! God bless us all and thanks for what you guys do!

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

It sounds like you've done very well on your treatments- it's usually my preference for patients not to stop medications, even for short periods of time. Though it is a "horse out of the barn" situation, I advice my patients to let me know if there is going to be a short fall of some sort or another. There are usually stockpiles of returned medications in our community- enough to get one through these short term discontinuations. Perhaps such resources may exist in your community.

All said, a single ten day interruption shouldn't cause a lot of issues. Be sure to let your doctor know that this has happened- the interruption in treatment will certainly change the way that your lab tests are ordered and interpreted, as a low level return of the virus could happen. Once medications are resumed, I'd expect that your viral load will return to undetectable (though this should be monitored).

Best of health to you, BY

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