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Off meds 1 year; is this unusual?
Feb 25, 2002

My numbers have remained stable and no need for meds. I am 11 years sober..34 yrs old. Approaching 1 year anniversary of being HIV+ Is this unusual?

Response from Dr. Young

It is not unusual to be asymptomatic for years after HIV infection; indeed the average time from infection to the onset of AIDS is around 8-10 years.

As for starting medications, recent guidelines recommend treatment with later-stage, hopefully asymptomatic disease; hence, many persons with HIV disease are not on medications. What is most essential, though, particularly since you've not stated, is to know and follow your CD4 cell count and viral load regularly. This is probably as important to know when you're not on medications as when you are taking treatments. BY


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