|low viral load, low t-cells
May 18, 2009
I was diagnosed with hiv recently, and my viral load is only 1,200, but my t-cell count is 282, which surprised my doctor, so I am starting medication. What does it mean that both numbers are low?
Response from Dr. Frascino
There are a number of reasons for seemingly discordant HIV plasma viral load and absolute CD4 cell counts. Before I launch into a major discussion, however, I'd suggest you have your tests repeated. When possible it's helpful to have at least two points of reference before making a major treatment decision, such as starting combination antiretroviral drugs. This repeat test could also include a genotype resistance test, if this has not already been done. Genotype resistance testing could help your specialist choose your best treatment option.
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