How long does one have to get tested for HIV before it is too late to administer any medication? Is there a time limit on when HIV medication can be administered or can it be administered effectively until before it develops into AIDS.
There's no time limit, though I would guess that the sooner treatment starts the more effective it will be. But even after full-blown AIDS has started, treatment makes a difference.
Well, this is a double edged sword as to when someone should start meds. Because of resistance issues (meaning the anti-HIV drugs you take are no longer effective due to an early and unnecessary administrarion of drugs), one needs to wait until their CD-4 count (helper white blood cells)falls to 350 or below. Some doctors say 200 but that is controvertial since that is an official AIDS diagnosis. Talking with a healthcare professional is extremely important since this needs to be looked at on a case-by-case approach. Remember that HIV is very smart, and finds ways to outsmart and adapt to medication. Jumping right into taking meds isn't necessarily the right choice, we've learned.