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When Do I Start Taking ARVs

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When does a person start taking ARV meds?

Posted by Carrie, 5 Replies
My boyfriends CD4 count is over 1100 and his Viral count is under 400. From my own researching, this appears to still be ok (considering the circumstances of course). He said though that today at the dr they want to start him on antiretroviral... Read more »

Just started ARV - Insurance, Drug costs, expenses

Posted by ajhope, 1 Reply
I live in Thailand and found out I am HIV+ a little over a month ago. My CD4 count was 251 and VL 29,000 - I started ARV 2 weeks ago with the following regiments:
Nevirapine 200 mg - once a day
Lamivudine 150 mg - twice a day
Stavudine 30 mg - twice... Read more »

Starting meds soon, can he start now?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My partner has an appointment for the middle of next week to get set up for meds. He was diagnosed this past summer and had a CD4 count of 199 at that time and PCP (that's how we found out). He had previously been misdiagnosed as having Crohn's... Read more »

I just started taking meds...

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
and would love some feedback from people. I was poz for 3 yrs before needing to begin and since I am moving to Costa Rica in the fall I thought 'no time like the present' to get myself trhough all the possible side effects.
Well- they have begun. ... Read more »

Started taking Truvada for PEP...any tips?

Posted by glam89, 1 Reply
Im starting Truvada for 30 days and i know there are going to be side effects but do anyone have any tips for me to make it a bit easier. What pain reliever fever reducer medications can i take without it damaging my liver even more? Is Ibuprofen... Read more »
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Eye puffiness and extreme weight gain after starting ARVs?

Hello: I am a 35 year old AIDS patient living in Islamabad, Pakistan. I contracted the disease 8 yrs ago in the US, where I was born and raised. Although I was diagnosed 8 yrs ago, I did not start ARVs until 6 months ago. I am currently taking...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Kaposi's sarcoma can often cause swelling in various regions of the body so that is a potential contributing factor. Weight gain of 10 pounds during the first year on antiretroviral therapy is common. In regimens containing stavudine there can... Read more »

When to start ARV therapy

I tested positive to HIV in October 2011 with a baseline CD4 count of 428. There was no way to check my Viral Load then. After three months CD4 was 457, the next three months it was 534, the next three months it dropped to 467 and the next three...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.It's good that you're taking the time to weigh your options and to learn about HIV treatments. First, your labs show a generally similar and stable CD4 cell count (hovering around 450-500)- the differences that... Read more »

when to start ARV

Hello Doctor..thanks for the prompt reply.i do not have any active HIV syptoms, i had Vaginal itches but i was put on diflucan and now am very ok....i have a very sligh cough that comes only in the morning and i am taking somthing for that too.Those...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your reply,If your CD4 count is below 350 and especially if you have any HIV symptoms, then it's time to start HIV treatment. Usually, I'll get a second CD4 count to confirm that the level is at the threshold to start.I hope... Read more »

Starting ARV's

Hi,I am 28 year old lady.Diagnose in 2005 and I had a CD4 count of 312 and a viral load of 1290 as from 2005 till 2007 the last time I checked.My CD4 never went up as well as my vl.This year my cd4 count was still under 350 and my viral load is...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Starting HIV medications is a personal decision. The current HIV treatment guidelines recommend treatment for people like you. Studies have shown that people who start at about your CD4 cell count can have almost full restoration of their immune... Read more »
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ARV Progress in India

What is the situation for access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in India now? In April, the government started giving free ARV drugs in six high prevalence states in India, but only a few people are getting them so far. They are focusing on high... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

"Infusion" of Drugs, Financial Assistance to Uganda Through PEPFAR to Boost Numbers Receiving ARVs

"More Ugandan HIV patients are set to receive life-prolonging medication after the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) responded to appeals by healthcare providers overwhelmed by patients they could not afford to treat... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Slow but Promising Start for ARVs on the African Continent

The World Health Organization's "3 by 5" initiative to ensure antiretroviral therapy (ARVs) for 3 million HIV patients in developing countries by the end of 2005 was slow to start, ultimately reaching about 1 million people, experts told the 14th... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Experts Gathered for UNAIDS, WHO Meeting Recommend Follow-Up Studies of ARV-Containing Microbicide Gel Start Soon

Experts gathered at a joint meeting of UNAIDS and the WHO last week called for two additional clinical trials to test the effectiveness and safety of a microbicide vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral tenofovir, which previous studies have... Read more »