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big blip after surgery

Oct 11, 2002

Below is my previous question and your answer (thanks so much for getting back so quickly -- this is a great service you all are doing!). Anyhow, yes, I did have surgery (hernia repair) 3-4 weeks prior to the blood draw which returned the VL of 1850. Plus a lot of job stress at that time. Could that cause a rise in the VL? Thanks again, and sorry I didn't include this info the first time.

Prev. question: Undetectable VL for almost 3 years on Zyagen, Viramune and Videx. Suddenly, VL is 1850. Doc is re-testing in a month to see if it's just a blip. Question 1: Can a blip be as high as 1850 copies? Question 2: Is a month too long to wait for retesting? Thanks.

Response to previous question: That's a little high for a "blip". A month for retest is fine. Was there anything else going on at the time when that test was taken (flu, other infections, etc)? That could also cause a bump like that.

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There is no real data about blipping around surgical procedures. But given the stress the body has around surgery and your job stress, it might have been enough to cause a burst of viral replication.

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