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Viral Load - Dramatic Increase
Jan 28, 2006

I have been positive for 10yrs. I have been off meds for 3.5yrs; my VL has range has been around 10-15k (15k in Nov 05). Recently I have been experiencing stomach upsets and 'acne' out breaks on my face and chest. VL has just come back at 900,000+. My CD4 count is stable @ 350. Doctor has suggested this maybe a blip or I may have been 'reinfected' by engaging in unprotected anal sex (one encounter in recent times). What are your thoughts Mark? Thank you

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It would be unlikely that this were a blip unless this was lab error and not your sample given your consistent results over time. There are two other possibilities, an acute infection with something else like herpes or a pneumonia, or superinfection with another HIV strain. I would retest to determine whether it's real.



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