|2 points make a line
Oct 2, 2002
Please find below my first question and your reply. My second set of results were T cell 268 and VL 37,500 and there was 1 month between results. What's your opinion?
Just got my first lab test back Posted: Aug 16, 2002
I tested negative to HIV in July 2001. I have just tested positive in July 2002. My first T-cell count is 370 and viral load 87,000. What should I expect to see on my next test (6 weeks), are you surprised by by viral load reading?
I am not surprised by the viral load level. I can't predict what your next numbers might be. Two points make a line and so your next set of numbers will probably better determine where you are.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The difference between the two viral loads is within the variability of the assay. Your CD4 count is obviously down about 100, but I would like to know the CD4 percentages as well. If the CD4 percent is the same, then I am not as concerned. If however the CD4 percent has also decrease by 3% or greater, then this indicates that viral replication is chewing up your CD4 cells. You would also be in the range where I would probably be recommending treatment.
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