Quality of Life (Part Two) : Starting Treatment

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Table of Contents

Doctor Love

Get the Best Care

I Fixed Fatigue

Starting Treatment

High On Life

Face Time

Aging and HIV

What You're Talking About
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The Cure For HIV Is Not Around the Corner (17 comments)

How Do We Solve a Problem Like Pintauro? (blog) (11 comments)

Older, Wiser, Ready for Their Close-Up (11 comments)

Charlie Sheen: I Have HIV, Am Undetectable and Paid $10M in Shakedowns (10 comments)

Infections Lead to Many Cancers Among People With HIV (4 comments)
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


Starting Treatment

When it's time and what to watch for

the guidelines

Without doubt, CD4 counts are the usual signposts for starting HIV treatment. Meds are suggested for those with counts below 350 and strongly recommended under for those 200. Physical illness is also a reason to start, according to treatment guidelines.  

getting adjusted

HIV meds can cause a person feeling bad to temporarily feel even worse. Headaches, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are common, especially during the first weeks. “Don’t stop treatment,” warns David Malebranche, MD, “without communicating with your provider.” Many of these problems are benign. But some may be signs of something more serious (and rare), including a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), a severe allergic reaction, or liver problems, in which case an immediate hospital visit is called for.

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