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5 year old hiv positive adopted son
Nov 29, 2009

Hello and thanks for answering my question. My newly adopted son's viral load undetectable (pos since birth on meds since 4 months old), his cd4 count is 1003 and his percentage is 38%. He is on Kaletra, Epivir, and videx. In the past he has never taken any meds on an empty stomach stomach. The orphange always had him take it with food. Now we are told the ddl needs to be npo. How important is this? Also, are his labs good? I can't seem to find very much saying what we want his % to be. Also, is it possible if we do the ddl on an empty tummy, will his numbers get even better.

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Hello Congratulations on the addition to your family. Videx or DDI should be taken on an empty stomach if at all possible since this maximizes the amount of Videx that gets into the blood from the stomach and increases its effectiveness. Your son's numbers are very good as they stand now. I am not sure if they would improve even more if he took the Videx on an empty stomach but it might increase his chances of maintaining the excellent progress he has made. Thanks Joe



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