|When should HIV infected patient start taking medicine?
Dec 31, 2010
Good afternoon doctor, a close relative of mine was recently diagnosted as HIV positive. She informed the family that her doctor said she did not have to start taking medicine yet. I am concerned she may be in denial and lying. Could that be possible? If so, at what point someone with HIV positive should start on meds?
| Response from Dr. McGowan
The current guidelines suggest to start HIV treatment if either one has symptoms of HIV infection or if one's CD4 count is below 500 cells/mm3. Some studies have even suggested that it might be appropriate to start when the CD4 count is above 500 cells/mm3. Your relative may wish to discuss the risks and benefits of starting treatment early with her doctor. Thanks Joe
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