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Jan 19, 2009

I was diagnosed in October of 2000, after a series of indeterminate western blots lasting 4 months. I waited almost 3 years before starting HAART. I have been on the same meds for 6 or 7 years. Sustiva, Viread, and Combivir.

2 quick questions: Is it unusual for someone to have 4 indeterminate Western Blots over a 3 month period? Does my HAART combination make sense to you? I thought I read somewhere that Viread should not be taken with Combivir. My doctor is not an HIV specialist, but I like and trust him. Thanks AR

Response from Dr. Young

Dear AR,

Hello and thanks for your post.

1) It wouldn't be too surprising, especially depending on the timing of tests, to have multiple indeterminate HIV tests before finally meeting criteria for a positive test.

2) Your regimen would be viewed as somewhat unusual for today's standard. There was a time when triple nucleosides were combined with efavirenz (Sustiva) in some patients, sometimes because of very high initial viral loads or concerns about transmitted drug resistance. Now, this is rarely done in patients with wild type virus (drug sensitive). As a result, you and your doctor could consider simplifying your regimen to tenofovir+FTC (or 3TC) with efavirenz-- by dropping the AZT part, you could wind up on the triple, coformulated, once-daily medication Atripla.

I hope this helps and please feel free to write back anytime.


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