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temporarily stopping meds
Sep 1, 2005

I am on 600mg Sustiva and 550mg Combivar at this time. My CD4 count is 646 with a viral load of <75, which I assume that is what undetectable means,. Can I take a break from my meds for awhile? Also what does it mean to have a viral 'breakthrough' on my current HAART?

Response from Dr. Henry

The merit/safety of stopping your HIV meds is partly dependent on how low your CD4 count got (don't advise if CD4 count < 250) and whether you even had an AIDS-defining condition (if so then don't advise stopping meds). Stopping a Sustiva based regimen is not simple since not infrequently as the virus rebounds (usually within 2 weeks) resistance to the long acting Sustiva develops. Staggered stopping of meds under close supervision is recommmended if stopping is undertaken. KH



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