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Apr 18, 2007

I'm 33, HIV+ for 5 years with a CD4 of 210 and v.l of 90000. Should I start to take meds now or wait? I read that in a 63 patient clinical study AVEXA, a new anti - viral on the market everywhere but the states reduced viral load by 95% and thus increased CD4 remarkably. Is this true? Should I start on this or something else? Any side effects to Avexa?

Response from Dr. Henry

Currently available HIV drugs used in combination generally reduce HIV levels by > 99% with CD4 rebound and protection against clinical events. Avexa is a new nuke reverse transciptase inhibitor that may be useful in persons with resistant virus. Experience is limited overall. You should connect with an experienced and hopefully friendly HIV provider to discuss the pros and cons of starting HIV therapy and which meds to consider. Most experienced HIV providers would recommend starting HIV treatment in a willing patient with blood test results like yours. KH

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