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i would like to stop taking truvada & kaletra
May 9, 2013

i am HIV positive and undetectable been on meds about 5yrs is there a natural herb and vitiman regimine i could start to remain healthy with out taking meds i only take K-Pax vitimins and Ensure in addition to the meds everyday..thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

There are no vitamins or herb/complementary regimens that have been demonstrated to control HIV replication and protect health. Stopping effective HIV medication usually leads to a rebound in HIV levels to pre-treatment levels and a drop in the CD4 count with an increase in risk for clinical problems. In a small percentage of cases, when HIV treatment has been started at time of primary (initial HIV infection), stopping HIV medication has been done without a rebound in virus (< 15% of cases) over the short term (ie several years). If you are having problems with the Truvada/Kaletra then an alternative regimen might be considered depending on treatment/resistance history and drug availability where you are located. KH

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