Feb 9, 2008
I was recently diagnosed with hiv. My cd4 count is about 400 and viral load is 30000 with no mutations. Would I be better off to start taking ART now or should I wait? Also, I am having what I am being told is anxiety, which started before I was diagnosed. I am taking Lexapro 10mg, Bactrim, restoril and now buspar. If I were to start ART and lower my vl and raise my CD4, is there a chance this would resolve itself enough for me to get off these other meds?
Response from Dr. Wohl
Your CD4 cell count of 400 puts you on the cusp of threshold for starting HIV meds. For most people I see in clinic with a count of 400 and who are mentally prepared to start meds, I recommend treatment.
Why you are on Bactrim is unclear. You are not at risk for PCP pneumonia, which this antibiotic protects against, as your CD4 cell count is well above 200. Your viral load going down may make you feel relieved but that alone may be insufficient to reduce your need of the depression and anxiety medications.
Talk with your doc and ask why your on Bactrim and share your eagerness or lack of it for starting HIV treatment so you can make a decision together about what is best.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Dry Cough Sign Of Seroconversion
- HIV Infection Risk Blowjob From A Prostitute
- Bronchitis After Sucking Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Urethra After Having Sex During Period Worried I Have HIV
- Painful Red Spots After Open Mouth Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- Testicular Pain After Giving Handjob Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.