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high viral load

Dec 4, 2005

sir,i have a high vl of 264300 and cd4 of 170 (8.1%) my doctor has started me on d4t 30mg + 3tc 150mg twice daily and effavirenz 600mg once at night. i also had a stomach infection which my doc told me by looking at my tongue. he has also started me on probiotics . he is confident my vl will come to undetectable levels in 3 to 4 months . can stomach infection be a cause for high vl? should i ask him to add another drug as i am uncomfortable with such high vl nos. it has been six days since i have started meds and have never been late in taking meds. your advice will be highly appreciated

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The details are in what the "stomach infection" really is. It is possible, but not reported that a stomach infection might result in a higher than usual viral load. This type of infection can be caused by different viruses, bacteria and fungus, all of which require a diagnosis and different kinds of treatment.

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