|Urgent- Sharp increase in VL
Nov 9, 2003
Can you explain these results to me: In Aug 2002 CD4 346 VL/23000 Nov, 2002 CD4 333 VL/71000 Jan 2003 CD4 271 VL/2800 June 2003 CD4 271 VL/51000 Sept 2003 CD4 301 VL 116,000 with a CD of 12.6
During these times there were no apparent underlying illnesses or sickness. I am especially concerned about the last result and the double increase in the VL. What does this mean?
i am currently recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis and only had fever/chills, and weakness for about a day and a half and constant diarrhea which has now subsided. Took panadols and drank lots of fluid. This is working and I am feeling a lot better. I am generally in good health
My doctor says the increase is indeed significant but my CD count is still good. I am still concerned about my health and the sharp increase in the VL which obviously could mean something is going on inside. Please help Des
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The major inconsistent result is the one viral load of 2,800. Viral load can vary by 2-3 times. Thus, the difference between 51 and 116,000 is within assay variation. If you are not on meds, a bout of gastroenteritis could result in a brief increase in viral laod.
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