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Jun 23, 2008

I went to my doc for my check up. My viral load was undetectable.. cd4 count 1200+ and he made a comment.. "I wonder if you are HIV+". This got me to wondering. I have never had a detectable viral load and my cd4 count has never been below 1100. I had a horrible first doctor who immediately put me on meds. My current doctor adjusted the medication to an easier combination. My question is I tested POZ twice. But never have had any problems.. it has been 10 years... I am wondering.. Could my diagnosis be wrong? Is there any way to make sure?

Response from Dr. Moyle

If you have had 2 antibody tests then you are definitely HIV positive. The question is whether you need treatment. We would not normally start treatment a such a high CD4 cell count so you may be able to take time of meds. There are quite a few vaccine studies getting underway (see with interuption endpoints so my be worth trying to get involved. Some people, known as elite controllers, have undetectable viral load without meds and some may never need treatment. It may be worth discovering if you fall into that category. Talk to your doctor about your plans, interupting treatment involves planning and monitoring and consideration of risks and benefits. You provider will help you with this

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Dr Moyle

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