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Apr 5, 2004

I did my labs last month and t-cell were 247 and vl undectable went back in a month and did labs and t-cell is 221 and vl 382 i been using street drugs for about 6 months on and off. is there something i should be worried about. this is the first time it is happened and that i been undectable. i was told it takes 3 times for it to spike to be a trend. Is this something i should worry about? thank you for your time in this matter.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A single increase could be a "blip", but that will require another test showing you are now undetectable. If on a repeat test it is still up or more elevated, then it is probably real. Some street drugs can also cause stimulate the immune system causing HIV production to go up and the viral load to increase

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