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Oct 12, 2005

I was diagonised with HIV about 8 years ago to date. I am currently not on treatment and havent been since diagnosis, my doctor has just informed me that my CD4 count has gone down to 200 since my recent blood test. I'm unsure whether to start medication immediately or to wait for 3 months for my next results to see if this figure rises. Your advice would be helpful. Thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

I would recommend starting prophylaxis to prevent Pneumocystis pneumonia as well as fairly prompt initiation of antiretroviral therapy. I would generally not wait for 3 months. KH



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