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Good To Start Meds Right Away Hiv

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Start Meds Right Away?

I am a newly-diagnosed 45 year-old man. I recently got my lab results back (CD4 count: 57, viral load: 200,000+). My first appointment with my PCP is in two weeks (and at that time, I assume I will be prescribed antiretroviral meds). I'm taking...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Yes, it is of some concern, but starting the bactrim to protect you from getting serious opportunistic infections and tolerating it to insure you are not having any side effects prior to starting HIV meds, was an important first step. In the grand... Read more »

Meds Right Away?

Dear expert,I am 20 years old and have been positve for 16 months after an acute HIV infection. My... Read more »

do meds work right away?

I just started taking HIV meds truvada and viramune today. do they start working right away? What... Read more »

When I Started HIV Meds: Step by Step on a Difficult Road

Lillibeth Gonzalez I was diagnosed with HIV in July 1992. Before starting HIV treatment, my T cells were 868 and I was in great shape, but I was angry at myself for trusting my husband and not wearing protection. I thought I was going to die,... Read more »
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FAQs About Starting HIV Treatment

Don't see your question? Ask it in our Choosing Your Meds forum ! Starting Early | Treatment Guidelines | Deciding Whether to Start Meds | Pregnancy and Starting Treatment | Resistance Starting Early Is it possible for me to be functionally... Read more »

When to Start: A Debate

Debate Participants --> Do you think the current recommendation to begin HIV meds at a CD4 count of 350 should be changed? How important is this, since most people are diagnosed with CD4 counts below 350? Some are saying everyone with HIV... Read more »
The Center for AIDS

Older Age When Starting Antiretrovirals Lowers Chance of Good CD4 Gain

Starting antiretroviral therapy at an older age loweredchances of gaining at least 100 CD4 cells in thefirst 2 years of treatment, according to results of a largeUS-Canadian study. 1 The impact of age on CD4 gainsheld true regardless of whether... Read more »
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Experience sought with med starting times...

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Have you started meds early in infection or later after an OI, low CD4? Can you share experience? Trying to figure best time to begin and what are advantages and disadvantages of starter sooner or later?

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Starting Meds Terrified

Posted by lone_soul, 5 Replies
Hi Everyone
I have not been on line for a long time. Mostly because I really cant figure it out. I never know who I am posting or how to check back! Anyways if any one can help me right now I'd be grateful. I was infected in 2/07 and tested... Read more »

Probably About To Start Meds

Posted by southerncharm, 6 Replies
So I was seeing quacks in some podunk town back in october, and they didn't know what they were doing. My numbers were not good ( cd4 99 VL 88K) but I didn't start meds they put me on antibiotics to prevent PCP but it only made me break out in a... Read more »

Starting meds for the first time.

Posted by glowstixboyoh, 15 Replies
Hi everyone. I am a little angry right now. I was diagnosed poz on march first of this year. I just got my lab results back and people think I should start meds. Its seems to them the virus is newly aquired, but it also looks like my immune... Read more »