Understanding Viral Load and CD4
Dec 24, 2006
My first lab results were viral load of 42,000 and CD4 1100. My doctor seemed pleased with cd4 but concerned with viral load. Is 42k considered high? And at what levels could i expect to have to start medication. I would love any other imput on my labs. Thanks!
Response from Dr. Holodniy
I wouldn't make a treatment decision based on one set of labs. However, your CD4 count is in the normal range and your viral load would be considered in the moderate range. A viral load > 100,000/mL would be considered high, and depending on what the CD4 count and trend was, and whether a person was having symptoms, would all factor into starting treatment. Usually if the CD4 count is < 350 or the viral load is consistently > 100,000 triggers a decision about HIV treatment.
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 TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.