Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Fatigue and AnemiaFatigue and Anemia
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


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

Hello,

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.

Good luck!

Dr. Bob


Previous
hiv? urgent
Next
Dr Bob is my Hero

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


 
Advertisement




Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement