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Undetectable Can I Stop Meds

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Ask the Experts

Can stopping meds cause a relapse if it is undetectable

I have had Hiv for a little over 3 years and just recently started taking meds. The fact is I feel terrific now and am undetectable. I work-out heavy and have more energy than ever. Is it never a possibility to stop taking the meds without causing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...However, an undetectable viral load doesn't mean you are cured or that there is no more virus in your system. If you stop your HIV meds, it is highly likely your HIV viral load will once again skyrocket and your CD4 cells, decline. Before doing... Read more »

Cobra ran out...can I quit my meds for a month?

Hi,I have been HIV+ since 12/06 and started immediatly on atripla. I have taken atripla... Read more »

ED med and HIV med interaction (USE OF ED DRUGS WHILE ON ANTIRETROVIRALS, 2010)

I'm currently on Viramune and Truvada and I've been having problems getting an erection. My doctor... Read more »
The Body

HIV Meds and Hospital Beds

... --> "Going on meds doesn't mean I am going to die. It means that I am not letting the virus attack my immune system without a weapon to defend itself. Read more »

Growing Up With Meds

...Atripla. She keeps her hair long, and at least the problem hasn't gotten worse. Her mother was on methadone and never took HIV meds. Rosie watched her become ill over the next two years. Her mother died when Rosie was 14. We expected Rosie to... Read more »
Project Inform

What You Should Know About When to Start and What Meds to Use

...Recommended Regimens for First Line Treatment Your Ability to Start and Maintain Power of the Mind Keeping Up With Taking Meds Side Effects Drug Interactions Getting Ready to Start HIV Treatment Is Your Doctor... Read more »
Project Inform

Adherence: Keeping Up With Your Meds

...restrictions. Then, when a person also uses drugs for other infections, the total daily pill count can soar. Keeping up with your meds alone becomes a major activity. So it's little wonder that people have trouble keeping up with the program.... Read more »
Connect With Others

First Lab results - to med or not to med?

Posted by vbd1966, 2 Replies new?) and I just got my first set of lab results back. CD4 of 558 and VL of 130K. Doctor's not inclined to start me on meds since CD4 is high, but at the same time a VL of 130K still means I carry a risk of infecting others (partner/husband... Read more »

Starting Meds Tomorrow...NEED ADVICE!!

Posted by running4it, 6 Replies
...hardest time swallowing pills, I dont know how I will get through this. Question: How do people who cant swallow pills take HIV meds? Can pills be crushed? Any stories or suggestions out there would help me. Share advice here or inbox me. Read more »

22 poz..stopped taking meds/not disclosing status

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
...without medication for many years. taking the medication is a constant reminder of the virus in my body. now that i dont take any meds i rarely think of myself as sick. i have a very difficult time disclosing my status to partners, so i have... Read more »

can you live a normal life without meds if ur HIV+

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
can you live a normal life without medicines if your HIV+??? How long can live without these medicines? Read more »