Re: CD4 %age
Feb 27, 2008
Thanks for responding to my query but I think you may have misunderstood. I have no intention of changing my regimen since it's obviously working. My question was realy whether there was anything additional I could do to raise the CD4 %age above the 25% level and, if not, is this level sufficiently high enough to ensure the very long term success of my regime. In other words should I be obsessing about getting to 30% or is the level I am at a strong enough immune level to ensure an optimal long-term prognosis? Is there a typical plateau point on Sustive/Truvada or does the CD4 level continue to rise over the years of use?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your follow up. I would advise you to not obsess about reaching a CD4% of 30-- if you've recovered up to 25%, you're well out of the range where we expect HIV-related complications. CD4 counts do tend to rise, even slowly, if one looks over a long range horizon.
In my opinion, the singular best thing to do to prevent HIV complications for the short- and the very-long term is to continue to take your medications, avoid missed doses and get routine and regular medical follow up. The other claims, frankly, are largely false and divert one's attention from the principle goal of treatment-- namely return to normal, and healthy life.
So, here's to health, BY
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