|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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