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when to start meds
Jan 26, 2008

I take an hiv test every 3 to 6 months. my last neg test was in august of 07. in dec of 07 I tested pos. should I start meds or not?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

The timing of starting medications has nothing to do with when you test positive, but everything to do with your symptoms and your CD4 count.

If your asymptomatic, then most doctors recommend starting treatment when CD4s are around 350-- hence, you need CD4 count testing (among a lot of other things) to know when you will need to start.

I hope this helps, BY

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