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Are these good test results?

Oct 31, 2000

I am a 33 year old woman, diagnosed HIV-positive in July 2000. I'm almost sure that I've been infected in August 1999. Test results 07/2000 were CD4 530, VL 30.000. Test results 10/2000 are CD4 530, VL 1.000. I'm not on medication. What are these test results saying? Is it good?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Pretty darn good. Your CD4 count is in the near normal range. Your viral load, although detectable, is not very high. This means that there is low level of replication going on. Given your last set of numbers, most docs would defer starting treatment for the short term (next 6 months). If periodic CD4/VL tests show the same results, you can hold firm. If the VL begins to creap up and/or the CD4 count goes down, treatment maybe warranted. MH

High Fever/ Stopping Meds/ Viral Load
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