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Jan 4, 2001

Hello Dr,

According to the Fed. Treatment Guidelines, it says treatment for asymptomatic is based on the cd4/viral load

however, begin treatment if person is "symptomatic". What type of symptoms are they referring to?

Response from Dr. Boyle

Symptoms that indicate a need for antiretroviral treatment are those that indicate that HIV disease is progressing. These include such things as unexplained fevers, weight loss, wasting, and loss of memory/dementia, among others. They also include symptoms that suggest the occurrence of an opportunistic or atypical infection or certain cancers.


Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Worried about liver toxicity
never-ending nausea

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