So if you’re sitting out there and you say ok, I was diagnosed with HIV three years ago, is it too late for me to start? Hell no, it’s not too late for you to start. Of course I wouldn’t advise somebody when you get diagnosed with HIV to wait three years because then what’s happening is that you’re behind the eight ball. The HIV is timed to damage some of your immune system cells, to reproduce, to keep reproducing itself over and over again. And then at that point you’re going to have a tougher hill to climb to get things under control.
If you’re taking your medication every day you should get to undetectable. But, again, remember sometimes it takes time
Whether it’s immediately, whether it’s a month later, whether it’s a year later or three years later, it’s never too late to start HIV treatment.
Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a clinician-researcher specializing in HIV, gives the lowdown on all things HIV care and treatment in the latest installment of the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.