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Author Topic: Is it ever too late to begin anti-viral medication?  (Read 1770 times)

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Offline newbie05

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Is it ever too late to begin anti-viral medication?
« on: May 03, 2009, 07:12:24 PM »
Could someone who has been positive for many years, and a couple of severe medical emergencies..begin medication and turn things around? Just wondering

Offline mecch

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Re: Is it ever too late to begin anti-viral medication?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 07:34:22 PM »
Its happened, of course.
But remember if at all possible, don't let an hiv diagnosis go unmonitored and get into such a situation.  HAART doesn't turn back time. 
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline newt

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Re: Is it ever too late to begin anti-viral medication?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 08:35:37 PM »

is the short answer

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline aztecan

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Re: Is it ever too late to begin anti-viral medication?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 10:13:13 AM »
To answer your question:

Yes, maybe, or possibly no. There is a point of no return.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
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Offline megasept

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Re: Is it ever too late to begin anti-viral medication?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2009, 09:34:11 PM »
In the clock sense of time, NO, a person with many years or even a couple decades with HIV might still benefit beginning ARV therapy.

Does that mean each and every long-infected patient would benefit? No. Each person is distinct and medically complex.

My friend with 25 years POZ and no history of high viral suppression, reached "undetectable" about 2 years ago with a combo including Insentress. He is not a well person, but his HIV virus is finally under control.

 8)  -megasept

« Last Edit: May 07, 2009, 09:36:36 PM by megasept »


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