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CD4 and VL test result
Jan 15, 2006

Dear Doctor: I just found I am positive in 2004.I don't know when i got infected but I was in denial until a couple of months ago which I decided to start a treatment. The doctor asked for CD4 and viral loud count. The results: 1. test: CD4 357, VL 82382. 2. test: CD4 322, VL 105644. Both tests with almost three weeks diference. He recommend me to start treatment. But, I am afraid doctor, I've been always in good health, my only problems are headaches and a kind of fungus in my hand related to tensional and stress so the doctor prescribed me Clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream.

Please, I need to know if my test result means "I need to start meds right now"

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I would agree with your doctor. Those numbers are very consistent between the two time periods. Your viral load is relatively high and you have already lost some CD4 cells and therefore part of your immune system.



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