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Oct 26, 2010

I am on sustiva and truvada treatment and my cd4 is lower than 150. Ive heard that sun exposure can bust your immune system. Can I use it sometimes?or is it harmfull with my meds? thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

UV exposure usually OK with Truvada + Sustiva though can be a problem with sulfa drugs often used in persons with CD4 count < 200 (to prevent key HIV-related infections such as PCP pneumonia). UV Light can increase the risk for skin cancer which may be already higher in HIV+ persons than in general population so that is a long term concern. KH

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