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When To Start Treatment For HIV

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Starting HIV Treatment

First Things First Choosing an HIV Drug Regimen Resistance Sequencing Adherence Dosing Schedule Taking Your Pills Side Effects Putting It All Together First Things First When you and your health care provider decide the time is right for you tostart treatment, there are things you can do to set yourself up for success.The first step is to think positively. Having the right attitude going in willhelp you get the most out...
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Shingles Starting Treatment & Queen Issues (SHINGLES AND HIV, 2009) (WHEN TO START ANTIRETROVIRAL TREATMENT, 2009)

Hi Dr Bob, Three weeks ago I came down with Shingles. A small patch on the back of my neck and a little across my chest all on the left side. I went to my local GP and he gave me Valtrex ( the 7 day shingle pack)Since then the pain has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
G'day Aussie Drew,Relax mate! Approximately 95% of healthy adults are seropositive for varicella zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes shingles. Of this 95%, about 5% of healthy adults develop zoster (shingles). The risk for those of us... Read more »

diagonized as TB meningitis and started DOTS treatment in HIV +

my father is Hiv positive, his CD4 is 74, he is having severe headache and recently admitted in hospital with high fever and immediate memory loss. but now he has started ART drugs ( stauvidine + efeviarence) and DOTS treatment for TB. but still now...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Treating severe TB and HIV/AIDS at the same time can be a challenge but numerous studies and clinical experience support the approach of aggressive TB treatment AND early/simultaneous treatment for the HIV infection. Side effects of meds and immune... Read more »

When to start treatment - just exposed to HIV

I was just exposed to HIV in the past two months and subsequently tested positive. My T-cell count is 452 and my viral load is 770,000. My doctor said that since my viral load is above 35,000 I should start treatment (Combivir and Sustiva)....
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Your situation is one of the most vexing in HIV medicine and we simply dont have the answers. There is some evidence that people diagnosed with very early HIV infection may benefit from immediate treatment.The rationale is that by treating early one... Read more »

starting treatment in symptomatic HIV+...please answer

Dear Doctors,I red the guidelines about when to start treatment in asymptomatic patiens. I got infected about two months ago and I have some symptoms since. White coated tongue, some pain under the armes that come and go and some burning tingling...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Some people with acute infection have a variety of symptoms. If you were infected several months ago, it is a judgment call whether or not to start treatment. Do you know the viral load and CD4 count?... Read more »
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starting treatment

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I need to choose my first treatment for HIV. Iwas diagnosed last year. Probably I have it for five years. I need to start thinking of treatment as my cd count is around 250 and I don't want to wait too much longer. My viral load is around 40,ooo. I... Read more »

Starting on Treatment and maybe Trials

Posted by Survivor, 3 Replies
I am looking for a few answers and I hope someone may be able to help. Me and William are now in our fourth month of our diagnosis. Our HIV specialist in Denver has been so supportive of both of us during this time. Just remarkable. I asked... Read more »

Starting treatment

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have been living with HIV for 10 years. My viral load just went to 40,000 and I think I should begin treatment. My cd 4 count is 200. Would love to hear from others to see what others are taking and when they started treatment.
GH

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How long were you poz before you started treatment

Posted by pogi12, 10 Replies
Hello,

First of all I would like to say thank you to anyone taking the time to read this and any responses would be much, much appreciated.

I was recently diagnosed HIV positive within the last year. I don't know what my T-cell counts are or my viral... Read more »