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keeping you posted (fourth labs)

Jun 3, 2007

I've posted my previous three lab results and thought I'd keep you in the loop (so to speak).

(1) February 2006 (six months after infection): CD4 757, 38%; VL 70 copies.

(2) July 2006: CD4 917, 40%; VL 53 copies.

(3) December 2006: CD4 515, 38%; VL 500 copies.

(4) May 2007: CD4 725, 38%; VL 60 copies. CD8 499, 29%; ratio 1.4.

All other labwork in the normal range. I'm a 34-year-old man, infected for about 20 months now. Not on any HIV meds

So, the two-year mark approaches. At 20 months, would you say I'm potentially a "viremic controller" if not an LTNP (if that term is still used).

Finally, I suppose it doesn't make sense to get resistance testing (genotype and phenotype) since the VL is below 1,000. Is that correct?

I'm glad that you love Barcelona.


Response from Dr. Holodniy

It certainly is a good sign that your immune system is able to control the virus on its own. The current trend indicates that at least in the short term, there will probably not be any progression. Whether this is LTNP only time will tell.

Most labs do not perform resistance testing when the viral load is below 1,000.

viral load less than 40 copies
Symptoms after 10 years

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