When should I start ARVs?
I was diagnosed last February, with a CD4 of 750. I’ve heard that it can take 5-10 years before you feel the effects of HIV. I’m not ready to start treatment yet, but when should I start?
Thanks for getting in touch.
HIV affects people differently, therefore it’s simply not possible to say how long it will be before your body can no longer fight HIV. It could 10 years, or it could be a lot less. This is why its important to be on ARVs.
ARVs will control your HIV. They’ll also, once your HIV is under control ensure that you cannot transmit HIV when having sex without a condom: https://i-base.info/u-equals-u/
Its also recommended that everyone who is positive should be on medication, this is due to the results of the start study. https://i-base.info/start-study/