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recently started truvada and nevirapine combo
May 21, 2013

I've been positive for 25 years never taking meds. My T cells stayed in a 150 to 350 fluctuating range for the whole 25 years, but my viral load increased from 8,000 to 100,000 , so I started this regiman. I've managed to stay healthy and I've never had any infection or illness related until I started treatment(1 year ago). I've since had Lymphoma and increased cholestoral which are both related to Truvada. I'm not sure if I should stay on this regiman

Response from Dr. Young

Hi and thanks for posting.

Sorry to hear about your recent difficulties. Lymphoma is not a side effect of medications, rather of prolonged immunosuppression with HIV. Modest increases in cholesterol are seen with some HIV medications, though neither Truvada or nevirapine are implicated in any significant way.

If you're tolerating your medications and don't have any issues with side effects or toxicity (such as kidney, bone or liver problems), then it's entirely advisable to stay on medications.

I hope that helps and wish you well, BY

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