Nov 14, 2002
I have had two doctors suggest I get off HIV meds because my viral load is <50 adn my t-cells are over 1200. I have been on meds for over 12 years and the only problem I have is my belly has expanded and my arms and legs have the same mass as I had 12 years ago. Is it advisable to discontinue treatment until my viral load increases and my t-cells are below 300? Ultimately this is my choice, but am looking for an impartial 3rd opinion.
| Response from Dr. Henry
That depends partly on what your low CD4 count was (caustion urged if < 200), what your pre-treatment HIV levels are (if known), and whether you were ever ill with an AIDS defining events (if you were ill initially then I would be reluctant to stop meds). If your CD4 count has never been < 350 and you haven't been ill then stopping treatment might be a good option (also more attractive if you don't have much resistance whereas if you on a successful regimen now after failing several regimens then I would be more concerned about stopping treatment). KH
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