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Can other infections increase viral load
Dec 24, 2005

I was diagnosed HIV+ in Sept. 2004 (CD4-90/9%, VL 750,000). I immediately went on Sustiva and Truvada. By my second labs, my CD4s rose to 240/12%, VL <400. For my latest test last week, we wanted to see if I was undetectable under the more stringent <50 copies standard. Results came back CD4 330/15% but VL was at 889. However, later the same day that I had my blood drawn, I developed a severe cold. Could the infection from the cold cause the VL to rise? Is this rise likely to be a "blip?" We'll be checking labs again next month, but I am concerned about already developing resistance. I'm tolerating the medicines quite well and am thrilled with the rise in T-cells.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Could be blip, but rechecking that viral load soon is the right thing to do.



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