Swing in CD4 / Load
Mar 3, 2006
I am not taking meds. Infection was May 2005. I recently had CD4 and viral load done at two different labs at an overseas location (Bangkok) within one week of each other (after disappointing results of first, I went for a second at a more major hospital.) In the first round, the CD4 was reported as 169 absolute (cells/mm3) and viral load 35,830, log equiv. 4.55 (Bayer HIV-1 3.0 Assay). In the next week, at the hospital lab, the results were: CD4 133L cell/mm3 and load (Quantative; standard method) of 78,300 with log equiv. of 4.89. Is it normal for there to be such a wide swing in the load and CD4? Other questions: Am I clinically an "AIDS" patient now? Should I likely be on meds? And some last details that you might want to have: On the hospital lab report, the full blood analysis shows platelet count to be 153 (10^3/mm3)and the comment "platelets adequate". Lymphocytes were 1160 /mm3; hemoglobin 13.1 g/dl and hematocrit 38.7 % I appreciate your input Doctor. I am managing this on my own, just getting the lab work done in a 3rd country, to avoid being noticed as an HIV patient in the overseas country I work in. I am afraid I don't know enough to make sense of these results.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
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