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ScotCharles
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Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options?
      10/17/08 11:19 AM

In the UK, you cannot start HIV medicines unless your CD4 is 200 or less. That may have changed since I lived there five years ago. Nonetheless, you don't have to worry unless your CD4 falls to below 200. Viral load is another story in which undetectable is the preferable state so as to avoid infection of the brain and Central Nervous System.

You don't say what drugs you're on, but if you have those dreadful side effects you should tell your doctor. The doctor will likely tell you to tough it out and the side effects will go away. My motto is good medicine does not hurt. Impress upon your doctor that until he finds a med regimen that works for you, you will be noncompliant with your med regimen.

Whether you are compliant or no, most of the meds have side effects, such as facial wasting, fat accumulation on your belly and your upper back, diarrhea, jaundice, high cholesterol, anemia, thrombocytopenai (low platelet count), etc.

The alternative medicines out there are all expensive bunk. Dr. Jon Kaiser's expensive herbal supplements, included. Worse they do not prevent HIV infection becoming AIDS.

I should think you want to be around to dance at your baby's wedding. When you are ready to start taking the meds, by all means start. That day may not be today, you and your doctor can work that out. I was around when we had nothing to fight HIV and watched as one by one my friends died horrible, ugly, painful deaths. The meds remain miracles, if at the same time, troublesome miracles.

All the best and mazel tov on your new baby,

ScotCharles

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* Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? hblue23 10/16/08 11:49 PM
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. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? Margaret   10/22/08 11:13 PM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? ScotCharles   10/17/08 11:19 AM
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