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time keeping and medication
Apr 10, 2010

Hello Dr. I am HIV positive. already started medicine when my CD4 reached 220. now after 2 years, My CD4 count is 500+ and i am well. But still i have some concerns about keeping the right time of taking the medication. I mean some of the Drs here in Ethiopia says that we don't have to be late even for two minutes. And this worries me because my work some times prevent me from abiding by that rule. what do you advice me?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post from Ethiopia.

I disagree with your doctors. So long as you take all of your medications, there's no need to be so strict with the timing of the dosing. I typically tell my patients to strive to take their medications within about a plus or minus 2-3 hour time window each day. Doing this, we have very, very rarely seen anyone with problems with treatment failure.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to write back anytime.

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