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When Should I Start HIV Medication

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When to Start Anti-HIV Medications

Terms Used in This Fact Sheet Antiretroviral: A medication that prevents a retrovirus, such as HIV, from making copies of itself. Anti-HIV medications are also called antiretrovirals. Antiretroviral therapy (ART): The recommended treatment for HIV. ART involves taking a combination of three or more anti-HIV medications from at least two different drug classes every day to control the virus. CD4 count: The number of CD4 cells in a sample...
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At what point should I start HIV medication?

I was dignosed with HIV 4 years ago. I have not taken any medication yet, my T-Cells are at 597. I was told I need to start an HIV treatment, no matter how how my T-cells are. is this true? or can I continue to wait until is below 300?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.First, you should really never start on medications until your willing and able to take them.Second, current US treatment guidelines (Dec 2009) recommend considering starting treatment when CD4 counts are below 500 in... Read more »

Starting HIV medication with Sustiva and Combivir

Hi, I'm a 28 year old male, diagnosed HIV positive in 2005. My CD4 count has steadily dropped from 300 in Dec 2005 to 150 in Oct 2006. My viral load increased from 45,000 to 120,000 in that same time. My doctor has prescribed Combivir and...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Recent studies have shown Truvada/Sustiva (or Atripla) to be more effective than Combivir and Sustiva. Some clinicians still prescribe his older combination, but the available evidence argues against this approach. Vinyl records had their day, so... Read more »

How early would you start HIV medication?

Dr. Pierone, In a recent response, you indicated you would begin HAART much earlier than the current treatment guidelines. At what independent numbers or combination of numbers (absolute CD4, CD4 percentage, VL), would you start treatment? Thanks!...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Please see my previous <a href="http://thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Meds/Current/Q184694.html" target=_new>post</a> regarding the danger of physicians injecting their own medical choices into their recommendations for their patients... Read more »

if hiv positive started medications then get tested

if hiv posivtive started medication tenvor efavir lamvir since one year nd then does hiv quick test what does it appear positive or negative?...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
An HIV-infected person makes antibodies to the virus that is detected by HIV tests. Treatment of HIV does not influence the presence of these antibodies and therefore does not change the HIV test result.DW... Read more »
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Starting Medication

Posted by flekkzz, 1 Reply
Hello everyone I am HIV positive for over two years now but still not taking any meds when I was first tested my CD4 is 878 VL of 140,000 my doctor waited for a little bit after three months my CD4 is around 750 and VL 54,000 without taking any... Read more »

Starting Medication 5-18-09

Posted by wonderboy21, 4 Replies
Got My Results i made an error Cd4 291 VL - 6,500 i accidently put 650,000 on my last post.. not resistant to anything im still new about this so i dont know how to write about it..but joined a study with the hospital clinic im at. My doctor shes a... Read more »

Should i Start medication???

Posted by coconyc, 3 Replies
Hi im Coco from nyc I though the benefit or getting tested its to find out the virus in a early time so u can get a good treatment that prolong ur life in a better condition, i got my first results a month ago and i got CD4:276 and VL: 3616, so my... Read more »

Should i Start medication???

Posted by coconyc, 3 Replies
Hi im Coco from nyc I though the benefit or getting tested its to find out the virus in a early time so u can get a good treatment that prolong ur life in a better condition, i got my first results a month ago and i got CD4:276 and VL: 3616, so my... Read more »