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a concerned friend
Apr 8, 2002

If your cd4 count is 169 and your viral load is 169,000 and you have been on meds for 2 months, how long is the waiting period to anticipate inprovement? A very concerened friend.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The question can't be answered without knowing what the baseline CD4 count and viral load was, and what those values are at one or two months after starting treatment, and whether this is the first regimen, etc. In a drug naive person who starts meds and takes them faithfully every day, a marked reduction in viral load should be seen by 1-2 months, provided there is no drug resistant virus present.



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