Sep 20, 2006
I have a sibling who was recently diagnosed HIV positive...he found out that he has had it for about five years now...so he's not in good shape...but not in bad shape...they haven't put him on medication just yet but are supposed to shortly...initially he was all for the meds...but now because of his healthy stature and physique...is thinking about not taking the meds in fear of side effects destroying his body...he's rather live a year or two and then get full blown AIDS but live a life without medications...how can you change someone else's mind about something like this?!?!?!?
Response from Dr. Henry
The concerns about effect on treatment are real but newer regimens have much less of an effect on body shape. Further, HIV drugs don't work as well if the CD4 count is lower (or the disease has progressed) and the side effect rate is generally higher if HIV drugs are started when the patient has a lower CD4 count or is ill. KH
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