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Is It Okay To Pause Hiv Meds

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Can I Take a Pause

I have been taking Anti Viral drugs for three years.Now my Virus amount is less than 50; CD4 level is 940 which is excellent.I feel my body needs a break. If I stop taking the medicine for a fast would my excellent levels decrease???...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
The short answer is we don't know from what you've written what would happen. Since we don't know what your viral load was before you took medication. In general, after stopping meds, most will have a viral rebound back towards... Read more »

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Adult Films Pause After Actor's HIV Infection

An adult film actor's recent HIV-positive diagnosis has led adult film industry leaders this week to call an indefinite halt to filming. Free Speech Coalition Chief Executive Officer Diane Duke said that there was no evidence of on-set transmission... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

PAVE Gives Pause: Position Statement on the Proposed PAVE100A Vaccine Trial

Also available in Spanish on the website of Grupo de Trabajo sobre Tratamientos del VIH New York, NY -- Treatment Action Group (TAG) Position Statement on the Proposed PAVE100A Vaccine Trial The failure of Merck's adenovirus serotype 5... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Media Statement by Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As we pause to reflect on the toll of HIV during this 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we must not forget that our fight against this devastating disease is far from over. HIV remains a significant threat to the health and well-being of multiple... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connecticut: Bristol to Remember Those Affected by HIV/AIDS

On Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., the city of Bristol will pause for an hour in honor of those affected by HIV/AIDS. Participants will gather at 5:45 p.m. at a non-denominational ceremony on the Federal Hill Green to receive candles and to add to a list of those... Read more »
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