Faculty Roundtable Discussion

Frost, Kevin Robert; Bellman, Paul; Cohen, Calvin J.; Currier, Judith; Dobkin, Jay Franklin; El-Sadr, Wafaa Mahmoud; Holodniy, Mark; Leonard, Amy; Merrick, Samuel; Pinsky, Laura; Rubin, David; Saag, Michael; Vaughn, Anita

MR. FROST (MODERATOR): I want to ask Dr. Saag, the question that I think is probably one of the most frequently asked. What do you start treatment with? Suppose a new patient, with no retroviral history, comes to you with a CD4 count between 400 and 500 and a viral load of 10,000 to 15,000 copies.
DR. SAAG: There is more to consider in initial therapies than just retroviral load and CD4 count. It is also about who are they as a person, how motivated are they, and are they ready to start therapy?
DR. SAAG: Alright. Then in talking to you, I would find out whether you want to be hyperaggressive or whether you want to be more conservative in treatment approach.


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Mary Ann Liebert
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October 20, 2015