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How Long Should One Wait Before Starting HIV Meds

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How long can I wait to start HIV Meds?

I am a 45 year old male runner in good shape. I tested positive for HIV about 10 months ago. My initial viral load was around 3,000 and T-cell count at around 550. There was not much change on the second test 4 months later. The following test...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Most doctors wouldn't recommend starting medications with your current set of labs--indeed, if you were my patient and were not symptomatic, I wouldn't recommend starting until your counts approached 350. --so,... Read more »

How long should i wait (WHEN TO START TREATMENT)

I have a CD4 count of 485 and a VL of 45 000. How long will it be before i should consider meds? I... Read more »

Why wait to start meds?

I have been positive for 10 yrs. At 3 yrs positive my viral load was 100,000 although my T4 was... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Waiting for a Transplant: One Man's Story

I was diagnosed with hepatitis B in December 1969. About 25% of people with hepatitis B become chronic carriers, and a smaller percentage of those develop severe liver disease -- cirrhosis. So I'm one of the rare ones. From this smaller group, some... Read more »
Housing Works

The Wait Is Over

Graham is no longer on a waiting list, but he's still waiting South Carolina's long, statewide nightmare is over. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SDHEC) announced last Friday that there is no longer a waiting... Read more »
National Association of People With AIDS

An Interview With Steve Bailey: How Virginia Kept the Pills Coming to ADAP Clients on Its Waiting List

No one enjoyed the ADAP waiting list experience, but sometimes adversity produces remarkable things. When the Commonwealth of Virginia had to start wait-listing ADAP-eligible clients in November, 2010, and even disenroll some clients who were... Read more »

The ADAP Crisis: Waiting for Meds

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) provide access to life-saving medications for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured people with HIV. ADAPs began in 1987, when Congress approved funds to help states purchase the only approved HIV drug at that... Read more »
Connect With Others

Newly Positive & Waiting Before Going on Meds....?

Posted by Buzz1, 3 Replies
I was diagnosed as HIV positive just under three weeks ago. I must have been exposed within the last three months or so since I was seroconverting in mid-July to mid-August with the usual rash, fevers, fatigue, etc. In mid July I was still testing... Read more »

Should I Start Meds NOW or WAIT?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I just tested positive (and boy is this an emotional roller coaster). My CD4 count is 337 and my Viral Load is 55,000 copies. I am a flight attendant and am about to go into some rigourouse training for 7 weeks. My doctor told me we could hold off... Read more »

Wait or not to Wait - medications

Posted by jtpa, 4 Replies
I found out I was + in Feb 2012 and saw my ID doc for the first time last week. I went to the appointment all prepared ( so I thought). I ask about medications and when to start them? He said he wouldn't do anything with just one set of labs he... Read more »

Did I wait too long to test?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was hoping someone could answer my question. I recently found out that my first girlfreind who told me she was a virgin actually cheated on me early in our relationship by having unprotected sex with another guy. We began dating 5 1/2 years ago... Read more »