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Average time to become undectable

Jul 7, 2007

I have searched this site & the web to try t get an answer to my question. I realize that individual results vary greatly, but surely with all of the studies done on different combination therapies, there are statistics showing the average amount of time (and confidence interval, etc.) to reach certain VL and T-cell counts.

Specifically, I am wondering about Atripla. After being positive for 7 years, I finally started therapy 3 weeks ago on Atripla, due mostly to my T-cell count being below 350 the last 3 tests over 9 months (but just barely). My VL has varied from 5,000 to 70,000 over the last 7 years, and was most recently 31K). I will have my labs done in another 2 weeks and am wondering if some people are already detectable after 4-6 weeks and how long before most people become undetectable on this therapy. Of course you must qualify your response for wide variatons, but I still want to know. Please enlighten. Thanks!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

On average it takes about 8-12 weeks, although it may take as along as 6 months.

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