Viral Load Undetectable but CD4s Keep Dropping
Oct 11, 2003
I had some initial labs done a few months ago after being tested hiv poz in May:
June CD4 389 Viral Load 1,700 July CD4 310 Viral Load 1,300 Aug CD4 289 Viral Load 1,100
Since my CD4s kept dropping below a 350 mark, I opted to start treatment a month ago on a once a day regimen of sustiva/emtriva and viread
Just got my one month labs done and my viral load is undetectable BUT my CD4s contune to drop..
This time to 230.
My doc said that usually the T-Cell count starts to rise after treatment. I thought that with such a low viral load to begin with ,and now an undetectable one, I would see some improvement in immune function.
SHould I be concerned? What could this mean?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It would also be helpful to know your CD4 percentages over time, and whether we are seeing an increase with treatment. I would not be too concerned just one month after starting treatment. That is a very potent regimen, I suspect your CD4 counts will pick up soon.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Black Spots After Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Floaters After Mutual Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- Sinus Infection After Oral Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Can An Sexually Transmitted Disease Cause White Vaginal Discharge?
- Can You Get Herpes From Semen?
- Are Post Nasal Drip And Dry Cough Signs Of HIV?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.