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Warning about Treatment Interruptions

Summer 2000

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Drug treatment interruptions are risky. For most people, the HIV RNA viral load increases and the CD4 cell count decreases. The decreased CD4 cell count might place many at risk for AIDS-defining, life-threatening OIs. Note that this happened to some study subjects in the STI trial known as the Frankfurt cohort. Another risk is that HIV might be able to seed previously uninfected cells or reseed different types of immune cells and various body compartments. Theoretically, when and if a cure is discovered, this might make HIV eradication in the future more difficult. Do not start a treatment interruption without discussing the issue fully with a physician.


A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 
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