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When Should I Start HIV Medication

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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.

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