Email 477: Successful Treatment

Posted by Pozziepinoy on 7:07 AM
Gusto ko lang sana malaman kung aside from viral load paano mo malalaman na umeepekto ang arv's sayo? I was diagnosed august last year and it was the darkest day of my life. 

Natanong ko to kasi i had a cough na hindi gumagaling i was advise ng ng doctor sa hub na mag over the counter meds ako pero hindi pa rin sya tuluyang gumagaling. Nag pa check up din ako sa ibang hospital at clear naman ako sa TB. 

Please help. Thanks!


Hi there.

Thank you for your email.

There are different determinants whether there is treatment success. One is virulogic as determined by the viral load test. The goal of treatment is to reach undetectable levels (or nearing it) at the end of one year of ARV treatment. Another one is clinical, wherein there is no recurrence or emergence of opportunistic infections.

In your case, you better get a thorough pulmo work up. Consult a pulmonologist about your cough and I am pretty sure if it is persistent he or she will find something. 

I hope I was able to answer your concerns. Feel free to email me again if you have other questions.

Stay healthy,

NO PLHIV is alone with his or her struggle with HIV!"


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