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Late treatment
Oct 5, 2001

If someone has been HIV+ for 10 years or more and did not take any medication due to feeling well and no major illness and now feels ill,is it too late to start treatment? Can a person who goes from Hiv+ to AIDS without prior treatment still be taken cared of and live for a while? Please answer as best you can and as asap.

Thank you

Response from Dr. Young

It is never too late to start on treatment for HIV, thought the likelihood of immune reconstitution and recovery decreases with ever decreasing CD4 counts.

Newer treatments really can avoid many of the side effects that plagued early combinations. We have very good data that even persons with advanced AIDS can have virologic suppression, immune recovery and prolonged quality and quantity of life.

Please contact your health care provider to see what options you have. BY



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