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v.l. jumped way up

Aug 2, 2003

My last VL was 1,478, 4 months later it jumped to 190,000+. Is that really possible or do you think it's a mistake at the lab?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Could be real. You don't indicate whether you were or are on HIV treatment, or whether there might have been another ongoing infection or other medical problem. If none of these things are in play, then it might be lab error and should be repeated.

Continued drop of VL?
CD4 counts remain low for years

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