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

Understanding Your LabsUnderstanding Your Labs
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Why the dramatic change?
Jul 28, 2002

Hi Doctors, Ive had hiv for 4 years and have had 3 monthly blood tests. All have hovered in the region of 600+ CD4 and <30,000 VL. Today I received a dramatically different result. CD4 375 VL 140,000. Can you tell me what this means? Will I have to start therapy immediately. My doc had suggested 7-10 years previous to this result. Ive been maintaining good health, diet, etc etc . What is known about the virus that could cause such a dip? Thanks

Very depressed.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Did you have any recent acute illnesses or vaccinations? This could result in a transient increase in viral load and decrease in CD4 count. I would not act on results of a single blood draw. If these numbers are consistent on a repeat draw, then it may be time to consider treatment.



Previous
Viral load went from 50,000 to 150,000 - What's going on?
Next
Blip or Failure?

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
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