May 17, 2012
hi doc i want another opinion.i dont take medicines yet. my cd4 count from december at 1013 now they are 962 , and my virouw was 44000 and now 91000 . my doctor said that i dont have to worry about. i must wait till my cd 4 fall at 300 .what do u think ? do i have to wait till october for my next exams?
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- While I do not want to contradict the opinion of your dr because he/she knows you best-- my personal opinion is that I treat all patients with HIV regardless of CD4 count (as long as they are interested in being treated of course). I think that "generally speaking" and of course there are exceptions, most people do better on meds than off. SO I am a provider who typically recommends treatment and I do not wait for CD4 counts to fall. I think people should be empowered to be on meds while their immune systems are as healthy as possible. Again, I would stress to talk to your provider about this. Take care, LHW
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