Sep 18, 2009
I have read that recent scientific studies promote the wisdom of early and aggressive treatment as soon as the diagnosis is made. This is contrary to current protocol of waiting through the latency period until cd4 counts reach 300-350 or OI's are diagnosed or viral loads are excessively high. What is your opinion of these studies and the posibility that once the immune system is damaged it's much harder to repair than previously thought?
| Response from Dr. McGowan
Thanks for the question.
You have hit upon one of the areas of great controversy among treaters now.
If we had ttreatments that were easy to take, had no or few long term side effects and to which the virus would never become resistant than I think we would treat everyone from day 1. To the extent that thatb is not true, we have to be cautious about when we start treatment. For some people, all of the criteria are met....they are prepared for treatment, remain fully adherent and have no side effects. They will clearly do well having virus out of there systems and suppressed.
The studies on the benefits of early treatment are not conclusive, but the argument for early treatment when someone is READY and able to commit to it and can be closely monitored for side effects is getting stronger and stronger.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Blisters After Touching Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Blood In Semen After Licking Genital Worried I Have HIV
- Blood In Urine After Receptive Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Chills After Rubbing Stripper Worried I Have HIV
- Cold Feet After Anal Sex Top Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Dry Cough After Needle Stick 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.