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Should I go on meds?
      03/29/00 05:49 PM

HELP! I tested + Feb 98. My CD4 was 602 and VL was 10000. Was tested 3 months ago and CD4=586 and VL=500000+. (I had also taken the flu shot, which I read can increase the VL). Tested 1 month ago and CD4=583 and VL=219,000. Will be getting tested tomorrow and my doc wants me to go on D4T, 3TC, Nelfinavir and Saquinvir. I know the meds work for most people and there is a risk they won't work. But every other day I see different views on meds and new meds coming out. I feel that maybe I should stay off meds for as long as possible to hopefully get the best meds avail. I read that Ziagen works best if you haven't taken any other meds. I have been told you can wait until CD4=200 and VL=1 million. I have decided to wait until CD4=400 and VL=800,000. But I still have doubts if I'm doing the right thing.
I know it would be such a relief to go on them, but there are also many other factors to consider. My partner is negative and is not a U.S. citizen. I am. And since we live together in his country, the meds may be hard to get. I will be on his health plan, but we don't know how long they will cover me. Then I would have to go off the meds, which I read is the worst thing to do. It is a very long and confusing story so I'll end here. I hope I can get some feedback because I don't know what to do. I feel very healthy (will the side affects bring on more complications?). I do have thrush and I did have a parasite which is gone from medication. Please help. Anything will help at this point. I haven't slept in over 3 weeks. Thanks

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* Should I go on meds? Sam 03/29/00 05:49 PM
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. * Re: Should I go on meds? George   03/29/00 05:51 PM
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. * Re: Should I go on meds? Darin   03/29/00 05:50 PM

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