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hiv blip

Oct 11, 2003

Dear doc, I'm freaking out. I went to have my regular check up and after 9 years of being undetectable, my doc, says I am having a blip. vl went to 391. what does this mean? He's running phenotype and genotype tests. I did add Saw Palmetto to my regimen for urinary purposes. Could this be the culprit? HELP thanks much

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Saw palmetto is certainly used for urinary and prostate problems. There is no data that I am aware of on it's effects on HIV replication. Given your history, I believe this is a "blip", and your next Vl will be back to undetectable.

My viral load is nondetectable without treatment
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