How quickly will lamivudine and zidovudine improve my symptoms?

It is not possible to say when your symptoms will improve after taking lamivudine-zidovudine. It is a drug that is meant to be taken in combination with other drugs to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, so its effects cannot be separated from those of the other drugs. Also, the symptoms of HIV infection can vary from none to full-blown acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), so the term "improved symptoms" will have different meanings for different people. Instead of looking at symptoms, the best way to determine the success of HIV treatment is to follow the viral load results. The viral load is a special blood test that indicates how much HIV is in the blood. Successful treatment will cause the viral load to decrease to undetectable levels. The time this takes to occur after starting anti-HIV therapy is variable and depends on a number of factors, but it should occur after four to six months.

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