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What is low and high VL.

Mar 11, 2006

I have had 4 lab tests over a year since I was diagnosed. All of them shown that my VL were in 3200-6700 range with the CD4 range in between 300-620 16-22%. My last lab shown VL 6700 CD4 386 17%. Please tell me what is called low VL and High VL. How is my current HIV condition? Will it be possible for me to be a longterm - non progressive? How can the meds help when one already has low VL to booth up the CD4? In my understanding, the meds will keep the VL low in order to get the immune system produces CD4, but how about the one who already has low or very low VL. Sorry for my English. I am a Thai. PT

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Your viral load would be considered in the low range. High viral loads are generally higher than 50,000-100,000/ml. It is unlikely you will be a long term nonprogressor, given that level of viral load, and your current CD4 count and percentage which are depressed. If you were to start HIV treatment, your viral load would become undetectable and your CD4 count and percentage would increase signficantly.

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