The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Understanding Your LabsUnderstanding Your Labs
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Viral Load question

Nov 25, 2006

Dr. Holodniy- I have been HIV+ for at least 20 years but started meds only in 1998. My T cell count fluctuated between 250-300 but my question has to do with viral load. Just before I began treatment in '98, my viral load was >2,000,000 but since meds it has consistently been between 400 and 800, but never "not detectable". From a practical standpoint, is there much difference between say 400-800, and "not detectable" or should I be concerned that I have never been able to acheive that threshold?


Response from Dr. Holodniy

Given your longevity with infection, it is probably not so concerning as with a person more recently infected. That said, with your CD4 count, I would like to see the viral load undetectable, as a persistently detectable low level probably indicates that some HIV drug resistance exists. Although you don't indicate what your current regimen is or how long or how many different HIV meds you have taken since 1998, you might want to consider adding or changing some of your HIV meds to get your viral load to undetectable. That might also improve your CD4 count.

Does trend indicate anything?
Life expectations

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint