Can't decide when to start meds?
Mar 9, 2008
I found out I was positive the first of December 2007. I have seen my Dr. twice and recently had to go to the Dr.'s office and had a different Dr. My last CD4 count was 428 VL 18,000 and My primary Dr. said we would probably wait for about a year to start with meds., but when I went recently to the same practice, but different Dr. (which is a infectious disease Dr.) he would like me to start meds now. He believes starting now would be best to lessen the immune damage. I go back to my primary Dr. in two weeks and I kinda need to decide which way to go. Both Dr.s are have been great and my primary Dr. has been working with HIV patients over 15 years and I really like him. Do you have any suggestions?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
I don't think that there is a right or wrong answer to your question-- both doctor's opinions are well within the ranges of response that we offer our patients.
What is probably needed is a discussion with your with either (or both) of these doctors to have them help you understand their positions. A open discussion should help you with the differences and probably enhance your doctor(s)-patient relationships.
Be well, BY
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