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Understanding My Lab Results
Jun 16, 2007

My Viral Load is 13,400, which has been decreasing for the past 4 readings from my initial load of 49,000. My T-Cell count in 448 and holding steady. CD3 is 87% or 2080; CD4 19%, 448; Absolute lymphocytes 2394. Am I doing better? I worry cause my partner's numbers have gone the other way. Help me understand my readings. How long before I have to go on meds?

Thanks,

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Your viral load values are within assay variability. And so there is no significant change or decrease. You don't indicate what your CD4 percent is or what your CD4 count and percents have done over the 4 readings, or what time period was. Assuming stable CD4 counts and percent, you don't need treatment now. I can't say for sure now, how long you might go without needing meds.



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