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Question

Can I change treatment?

I started Atripla in May 2015, and my Cd4 was 74, and VL was 250000 copies, now 2 years later I have an undetectable VL and 143 CD4. I’m 32 years old, since was diagnosed with HIV 14 years ago when I was 18. Now my worry is my feet and hands have started becoming thin and accumulating fat just on upper abdomen.And my CD4 is not really picking even though VL is undetectable. I want to know which ARV I can switch to from Atripla

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

Though your CD4 count has not risen like you want it to, (this can and does happen) having an undetectable viral load is great.This means that the Atripla is working, and working really well.  Unless you’re having bad side effects then there may be no reason to change it. However, this is something that you should discuss with your doctor.

In relation to the changes in your body, please see here:

 http://i-base.info/guides/side/lipodystrophy


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

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