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NurseEddie
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When to begin treatment?
      09/09/05 10:19 AM

I contracted HIV June 2004, diagnosed July 19th, 2004. I am also a newly recovering meth addict fresh out of inpatient treatment. My CD4 count, as of 08/09/05 was 997 with a viral load of 69,000. In May my numbers were 580 and 92,000, respectively. Here's my question: should I begin meds now while my CD4 count is high or should I wait until my CD4 count falls to approximately 350? My former specialist, Ben Young, MD (Denver, CO) says I should wait and see for now, and I have yet to see my new specialist (Missouri). I don't want to question Ben's medical opinion but, honestly, I'm a bit scared that allowing my CD4 count to fall and then try to rebuild might be harder on my body than starting meds while my counts are high. Does anyone have some input?

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* When to begin treatment? NurseEddie 09/09/05 10:19 AM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Mckenna   10/05/06 08:13 AM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Ebony   10/04/06 06:48 AM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Damon   09/20/05 10:02 AM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Anonymous   09/10/05 06:22 AM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Anonymous   09/11/05 03:34 PM
. * Re: So CD4 %? can someone explain this? Anonymous   09/14/05 07:28 PM
. * Re: So CD4 %? can someone explain this? debtex   09/15/05 04:55 PM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Anonymous   09/14/05 06:31 PM
. * Re: When to begin treatment? Anonymous   09/14/05 08:19 PM

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