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How Rapidly Can One Die From Hiv If Treatment Starts Too Late

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HIV Treatment 101

Forget what you've heard about treatment for HIV. HIV treatment in 2009 is a world away from what it was even two years ago. Important new medications and older, proven medications can now be taken less frequently with reduced side effects. Nonetheless, choosing HIV medications and determining when to begin treatment are big decisions. Fortunately, newly infected people not on treatment typically can go 10 years without a single symptom. This...
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long-term studies of those starting treatment "late"

hello, thanks in advance for your help with my question, and I hope it is an appropriate section to place this question. Although I've stopped kicking myself for it, my story is that 6 months ago when I was diagnosed, my t-cell count was only...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
It is impossible to predict how people respond long term, so let me get this out of the way first before I elaborate. I know many people who had 4 CD4 cells and who now have 800 after 15 years. They seem to be doing great.Having said that, more... Read more »

5 wks aftr infection too late to start meds?

This is a great resource and you guys are great humanitarians to answer all these questions for free! THANK YOU!I have read lots on your website (and others too) about starting on anti-retroviral meds during acute infection (i.e., the...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hi- Thanks for your important question. You are correct, evidence is accumulating that starting HIV therapy during a period of time referred to as primary or acute infection can have lasting benefits. The idea here is that if the virus can be... Read more »

should I start med with 8ooo vdl (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2009)

I have been recently diagnose hiv My wife tested neg I would like to know should I begin med now with vidal 856 or waituntil they go down ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I've addressed this topic numerous times. See below.Dr. BobTired (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2009)May 31, 2009 Hi Dr Bob. 2 weeks ago i had a routine blood test whch gave low neutrophile counts 1.200 X mm3 an d low Hb 11 and Hematocrit of 34 I... Read more »

when to start (WHEN TO START TREATMENT, 2009)

as of my last blood work i have a cd4 count of 326 and a viral load of 12,600 and a cd4 percentage of 25% i have been positive for 3 years and this is the first time the cd4 has dropped below 350 and at the time of the bloodwork i was positive for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Leery of Starting Therapy,I would suggest you have a discussion with your HIV specialist to thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of beginning treatment. I would certainly encourage you to consider starting. However, not until the reasons for your... Read more »
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treatment too late?

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
I was diagnosed earlier this year and overdue, but have not gotten treatment yet due to financial and other problems. This news very devastating and now I worry that it may be too late with low T cells. I read that under 200 is too late. Can... Read more »

Rapid HIV test home kits

Posted by rustychaucer5968, 2 Replies
Hi, I just read a post in another forum here that an HIV + individual experimented with a 3 HIV home assessments and got two negatives and one positive. He is HIV positive but tested negative twice n the home kits . Could the 4 rapid HIV tests from... Read more »

Is this it? Am I dying?

Posted by pr2005, 6 Replies
I was diagnosed three years ago shortly after infection (the reason I know this is because I contracted it from my partner and had tested negative six months previously). The doctors defined me as a rapid progressor as my CD4 was already at 250 on... Read more »

recent news on late seroconversion: read last line

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies

Morpeth et al also described a single unusual case in which an individual did not develop an antibody response for one year after first having a viral load of more than 10 million copies/mL. This... Read more »