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I Want To Stop My Hiv Meds

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my doctor want to stop meds on me

My doctor ask me if I want to stop meds for a while. She says that my cd4 right now is 965 and my virald load 1,000.00. She said that because I never been sick and never had a cd4 under 485 I could do it very well. What do you think about this new...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No one really knows the right answer to this question. The problem is trying to balance the beneficial effects of HAART treatment against the potential long-term consequences (side effects and toxicities) of taking these potent meds year after... Read more »

Reviving the combivir: started meds during ARS combivir want to stop- can i?

Hi Dr. Bob, I started combivir during ARS - i have been taking only combivir for about 33 days... Read more »

No meds today, want a baby, meds for how long?

Good morning Doctors.I'm a 31 years old woman HIV+ since 1997 thanks to an accident in a non... Read more »
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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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: "I Don't Want to Stop:" Stephen Lewis Steps Down as the UN's Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa

Dec. 31 was Stephen Lewis' last official day as the UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. But he intends to continue his work in fighting against the disease. This includes the creation of a nongovernmental organization based in Boston, which... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thailand: HIV-Positive Men Want Generic HIV Meds Soon

Although a Thai government policy allowing importation of the generic version of the AIDS drug Kaletra has been in place for more than a year, advocates say few patients have been able to access the cheaper version. The emergency policy to bypass... Read more »
Project Inform

Stopping HIV Meds May Double the Rate of Liver Fibrosis in Co-Infected

From a study reported in the April 24, 2011 issue of AIDS , people co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C who stop taking their HIV meds run about a 2.5 times higher risk of liver fibrosis compared to those who don't interrupt their HIV regimens.... Read more »
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stopping hiv meds

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My doctor yesterday threw me for a loop when he asked me about stopping my meds. I have been HIV+ since 1989 with a viral load of 200 or under and a T cell count of over 1100. These numbers have remained relatively consistent for years. Does anyone... Read more »

Stopping Med

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
been HIV + since '94. Had some tough times with meds at the beginning (kidney stones, etc), but since switching to Sustiva/Combivir it's been heaven. no problems, easy, easy schedule. Today (09APR02) My droc advised that I should consider taking a... Read more »

22 poz..stopped taking meds/not disclosing status

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
i was diagnosed hiv+ december 2003. i had an insane viral load of over a million. my initial cd4 was 280. i began taking medication and within 2 months i gained back the 50 pounds of weight i lost and became healthier than ive ever been before. i... Read more »

Am I the only one wha has decided to stop MEDS?

Posted by crizrink, 5 Replies
I have taken control of my life and stopped all medications 1.5 years ago. I can not get ANY medical proffesional to support my decision!! When is mention that I want "PALLATIVE" care they get this grimace look on the faces (it is kind of funny... Read more »