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Early treatment
      #156780 - 07/03/05 02:30 PM

My son tested positive on June 21st. I have been reading about the pros and cons of treatment during this point of acute infection. What's the scoop? Any thoughts?

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      #156784 - 07/03/05 04:43 PM

Where are his counts at. That is the most important. If he doesnt have a low tcell or high vral load then the dr's may want to wait to start a regimen. You say "acute" so forgive me for assuming. If he is acute then meds should be given immediately. I tell alot of people the way I look at HIV. To me it is like an illegal party in your body. The meds are the cops coming to bust up the party. If he does start treatment stick with him and encourage him to adhere to the schedule daily. You dont want those last minute party stragglers to have a chance to wreak havoc without the cops there. I know it is a weird way to think of it, but it is as simplified as I can think of it, without getting into the technical side. GMan or Debtex are more really good people to talk to about this. If you could though give a little more details if you feel comfortable. What are his counts? That is the biggest one. Is he having any pneumonia? PCP? I wish you luck. Stick with your son he is probably scared right now, he needs someone there for his beginning of acceptance. We are always here for any advice you may need. I will keep your son in my thoughts. Let us know how it goes.

Never forget: Life is too precious to take for granted.

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      #156791 - 07/03/05 09:43 PM

Hi Emmi,
I'm sorry for all that you have to deal with right now, it is the hardest time for a parent (a mom esp).

It is important to know what your sons # are before treatment. My t-cells were..just alright, when I first found out (95) but my viral load was SUPER LOW, like 5,000. (and they do not recommend treatment (now) for a viral load that low.
But back then, it was "hit hard, hit early". Now, it is not so much that way. Its....hit it when its time" and as long as he is followed regularly (like every 3 months ... tops 4), his #'s will not get bad before treatment is needed.
Have you asked him how he feels about the medication, and what his doctor says. And please be sure that if he has a general practioner, that he is also following the care of an infectious disease (or hiv) specialist. sometimes general practitioners are not familiar in the care of a person with hiv, and will take their own morals into what they read.

Please let me know how your son is, physically and emotionally. June 21st unfortunately, became the first day of the rest of his life, and I wouldn't so much say in a BAD way, just a very different way. (but right now......for you both, that is hard to see).

Please introduce him to this board as well, if he is looking for someplace to vent.

love and prayers to both of you ,

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      #156843 - 07/05/05 04:01 AM

I would do it. It can only help. But it will hurt if he cannot remember to take the meds every day on time. If he is responsible it's a good idea. IF not, he shouldn't do it.

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      #156925 - 07/07/05 05:05 PM

you sound like an Awesome Lady, reading up about your sons dis-ease. When many Mothers might cut their sons off. You are supporting your son and expressing unconditional love. Right-on Mom!! Listen, reading pro's & con's to get an overview might be fine, but listen your inner wisdom, too, Mom; and don't allow that to overwhelm YOU. Have your son get him a good doctor in Infectious Dis-ease, preferably one he feels comfortable communicating with in an open, honest way. Then (mom) be there for your son when he needs to talk about it. DO NOT LET THIS CONSUME YOU


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