Originally posted by humy
If I recall correctly, and please will someone correct me if i am wrong, when AIDS patients with a low white blood cell count first gets medicated with multiple drags against AIDS, their white blood cell count gradually goes back to a normal value (until the AIDS virus eventually and inevitably becomes resistant to all the drags given and then kills the patient ...[text shortened]... u don't have to rebuilt the immune system -but I could be wrong because I am no expert on this.
I mentioned this previously, but again, my own personal T-cell or cd4 count dropped to 25 in 2007. I tested positive for the HIV virus in 1988 or '89. At the time I thought I had five years max. AIDS was considered to be < 500 count back then, now it's <200 I think. Only AZT was available back then.
I began a cocktail of drugs in 2007 but they made me so sick I gave up on them. I have used in various combinations Norvir, Reyataz, Truvada, and Combivir. All worked well and got me back over 500 (low normal range). Last year I began a one pill regimen of Atripla and it works well too. No side effects. I haven't had lab work done in a year or so but my last results were good...near 700 cd4.
As I understand it, resistance builds when you miss daily dosages. The more you miss, the more resistance. Unfortunately I do forget sometimes, despite having a pill box.
I did intentionally stop it for awhile in 2009 but somehow my cd4 count still went up. I can only credit my daily 6-mile walks for that. I can't explain it any other way.