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ch4 and viral load

Apr 20, 2003

hi! we just received my son in laws results and we are confused .ch4s is only 98 and what i assume his viral load is in the 135,000 range should he be on immediate medication ?? we dont understand how to read it and he said there is possibly another resultcoming from the lab he belives the viral load can we get immediate attention from the doctor , i dont understand why we have to wait ,with these results .he wont be seeing him for two weeks ,we are afraid it might be too late , also his his test show that it is prety high levels of prostate cancer and cardio disease.sorry we are in shock so we are scrambling for info .also he is in the wasting period so are you able to tell how far he is with the info ?,thank you desperate for answers.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A CD4 count of 98 with a viral load of 135,000/ml indicates that he is at great risk for HIV disease progression and developing HIV associated opportunistic infections. Starting treatment is highly recommended ASAP, although is not required emergently. By definition he has AIDS, because his CD4 count is < 200. Thus, in addition to HIV medications, he should be on at least one antibiotic to protect him from infectious complications.

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