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Unusual labs
Aug 22, 2004

I tested positive 6/02 and started HAART the following May: Kaletra, Epivir, Viread. WIthin three months my vl was undectable and my t-cells starting increasing. This year I switched the Kaletra andEpivir for Sustiva and Emtriva. I'm doing great: t-cells up to 636 and vl still undetectable -- thanks to 100 percent adherence. Today I just got unsual labs: vl 77 and t-cells 230. My doctor, who is the best in LA, said it's most likely his new lab . He said it's happened before recently with another patient. I took new labs today. I trust my doctor with my life, but I'm still a little anxious tonight. Won't have the new labs until friday. Could it possibly be anything besides messed up labs? I did a lot of research and I thought my high level of adherence was going to keep me alive for a long time.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It sounds like your adherence is just fine. I think this is a lab problem.



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