The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

How Long Until You Get Used To HIV Meds

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Ask the Experts

How long to be off HIV meds?

After testing positive for HIV almost two years ago, my son was put on meds and became undetectable. He had serious side effects from the drugs and was taken off a little over a year ago. How long on the average do you stay off meds? When he was...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
In my opinion, your son should go back on medications when his CD4 cells drop into a zone where it is possible for him to becomw sick. I would describe this zone as being 200-250 cells. You should understand that this is a matter of considerable... Read more »

Scared!! Long time use of HIV med can cause death?

Good evening Doctor!!! Currently I'm a healthy undetectable lad. The med I've been on for... Read more »

long term HIV meds

I am in a lot of pain daily. Bones feel liked there breakin all lab work come out good. Can this... Read more »

You and Your Meds: The Dance of a Lifetime

As the saying goes: It takes two to tango. If you're on HIV treatment, those antiretrovirals you take every day are your lifelong dance partner. With good preparation and coordination, you and your meds will dance together beautifully -- a... Read more »

Growing Up With Meds

In 1996, combination HIV therapy gave us the ability to suppress HIV and allow the immune system to rebuild itself. After years of struggling with treatments that were only partially effective, we finally had the technology to dramatically alter the... Read more »
Housing Works

Underground Market for HIV Meds: The New "War on Drugs?"

Could the underground sales of HIV medications could become a new extension of the "War on Drugs?" This week, three different news stories ran in NYC press about the underground market of HIV drugs being sold, mostly to reach shores outside of the... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Practically Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Meds

You may have seen a handy little graphic on what to use when starting HIV therapy. It appears in every issue of Positively Aware's Annual HIV Drug Guide , among other places. That graphic is taken from U.S. HIV treatment guidelines, but there is... Read more »
Connect With Others

How long does it take for meds to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
After one month on HAAART my loved ones counts are, in comparison to 100000 viral load and cd of under 20, the viral load is now 325 and cd4 is 35. I've heard it takes 3-6 months to get the viral load undetectable and longer to get the cd4 back over... Read more »

Meds - How long to adjust?

Posted by calguy2009, 2 Replies
Hi, newly infected and over 50. I found out in May and started meds 5 weeks ago. Had to stop Atripla after 3 weeks - a night mare. Now on Epzicom and Viramune for 2 weeks and will start 2x dosing Viramune tonight. Question - I have long bouts of... Read more »

long time without hiv medication but ignored in sw

Posted by thriller, 2 Replies
I have been pos for some 20 odd years and am still without meds, I feel ignored by the hospitals in sweden where I live. My levels of cd4 and virus have been steadey for a long time and since -99 -00 they went down after an operation for overweight... Read more »

Long Term HIV

Posted by Anonymous
I have been poz since 1983. I took meds from 1989 to 1995, but I have stopped. My viral load is low (
Read more »