|More on CD4 & VL Counts
Feb 27, 2005
I was determined as an AIDS patient in fall 2002 with a viral load in excess of 100,000 and a CD4 count below 30. After undergoing treatment for the past two years I have turned these counts around, however lately my viral load is starting to creep up again. It hit a low of 70 six months ago, but the last two tests have shown an increase to 240 and most recently 650. My CD4 count continues to climb and most recently was at 270. What is causing this increase in viral load? My doctor says it's not significant, but should I be worried?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
From what you describe, you never achieved a completely "undetectable" viral load (< 50). If a viral load of 70 is as low as you got and you are seeing a trend up now, then resistance to your current medications may be developing. Unfortunately your viral load is still too low for most labs to perform a resistance test. That usually requires a viral load > 1000. Depending on what regimen you are on and what your doctor thinks, it may be possible to change or add a med to more aggressively drive the viral load back down.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Burning Urethra After Unprotected Sex Without Ejaculation Worried I Have HIV
- Dry Cough After Oral Sex On A Woman What Are The Chances Of HIV
- Fever After Sex With Hooker Worried I Have HIV
- Can Mucous Is Anus Be An Std?
- Can You Get Genital Warts From Kissing?
- Does Apple Cider Vinegar Get Rid Of Genital Warts?
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.