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Quitting meds, 750,000 vl
Sep 22, 2006

A friend of mine was diagnosed a little over a year ago and put on antivirals in August of last year. Around the first of July this year, she stopped taking the meds because they were damaging her liver. Her viral load went from undetectale to more than 750,000 and her T-cell count went from 340 to280 in six weeks. She believes she has no more than six months to live because she doesn't want to take any meds. Is there a treatment out there that isn't as hard on her liver?

Response from Dr. Daar

Thank you for your post.

The good news is that your friend is likely to remain healthy for quite some time even off of medications. In addition, there are so many options currently available, and that will be available in the near future that I am optimistic that she will find another regimen that will work and that she will tolerate. Obviously, the decision as to what she does next is complex and requires detailed information about her medical condition as well as other medical problems such as whether she has hepatitis B or C. In addition, one would need to know what medications she had been on in the past and the extent of her liver problems. Bottom line is I would reassure her that she should do very well but does need to talk to her HIV specialist to decide what to do next.

Best, Eric

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