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6 month testing?
Apr 7, 2009

Hi Doc!...thanks for all you do here, read your site all the time...my question is..Have been poz since Oct 06..first test showed cd4 1169 vl 13000..was tested every 3 months and even though cd4 has slowly dropped to 750, has has been there for 8 months now, vl never over 20,000. Doc just told me to test every 6 months now. He says could be years before meds are required. was just wondering...everyone I speak with are on a 3 month testing regime...is it normal to go on a 6 month?...should I be worried?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Although I agree with your doctor that it may well be "years before meds are required," I've also learned over the years that HIV disease is not always so predictable. I'm sure your physician is trying to be cost-effective in cutting back on your monitoring tests; however, personally I prefer the every-three-to-four-months testing regime. Perhaps he would be amenable to your staying on this testing regimen but only seeing him in the office every six months if everything remains stable. You could always opt for an earlier appointment if something comes up. It's just a thought. Either way, if you are not comfortable with your doctor's recommendation, discuss your concerns openly with him. Most HIV specialists are quite reasonable.

Good luck. Be well.

Dr. Bob



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