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ScotCharles
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Re: cost of hiv
      02/04/09 10:48 AM

Ruari is right. When I lived in the UK, once I was referred by my neighbourhood physician, I received excellent care fron the National Health. My doctor and I agreed that I would not start medications until my CD4 count reached 200 or my viral load reached 400K, numbers I continue to believe are appropriate thresholds for beginning treatment with potentially highly toxic AIDS meds.

In the US, doctors frequently start pateints on AIDS meds at a cd4 level of 400. When my cd4 level hit 400 in 1994, I too was started on meds, AZT at first, then Epivir and Zerit, and finally DDI alone. I quit all meds in 2001 as I believed the discomfort caused by the side effects I was experiencing was greater than the benefits I was receiving by taking meds.

Regardless of the fact that I came down with PCP with a CD4 count of 474 and a viral load of 374K, I continue to believe that starting meds should be put off until one reaches a cd4 count of 200 or a viral load of 400K. My PCP I put down to the effects of the stress of moving from Edinburgh to Los Angeles as well as my long term infection with the virus (25 years this September).

To return to the question, if you put off treatment with meds until you reach a cd4 of 200 or a viral load of 400K, you can greatly reduce the cost both of meds and of the long term effects of the meds on your liver and pancreas.

Mind you, my views are mine alone and should not be followed without consulting your Infectitious Disease Specialist.

Still here,

ScotCharles

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. * Re: cost of hiv Paul62Canada   02/04/09 08:15 PM
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