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If I Were HIV Positive

HIV Experts Reveal When and With What HIV Medications They Would Start Treatment

Experts tell others what to do. That's their job. But what if they were infected with HIV? When would they start treatment and what medication would they take? In this growing section, you'll hear from HIV-negative HIV specialists and HIV advocates. They will share with you what they would do if they were positive.


Martin Delaney

Martin Delaney
Founding Co-Director, Project Inform, San Francisco, Calif.

If I knew I was infected, I'd try to start treatment the next day. But even if it was a week later, I would do that, because the evidence has really shifted.
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Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H.

Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

There are several questions there. One is: When would you start because you were recently infected? The other is just: When would you start, period?
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Anton Pozniak, M.D.

Anton Pozniak, M.D.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, U.K.

If I had acute seroconversion, I wouldn't be treated. I'd wait and see what happens to my CD4 cell count.
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