The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
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 Fluctuation

Oct 6, 2007

I am a 35-year old male, and I was diagnosed in August 2001. At that time, my viral load was >1,000,000 and my cd4 count was approximately 600. I immediately began Sustiva, Ziagen, and Epivir (currently I take Sustiva and Epzicom). One year after treatment, my viral load dropped to <50 and stayed undetectable until 2006 (my cd4 count has consistently been 1200-1800). In February 2006, my viral load blipped up to 224. In May, it again dropped to <50 and stayed there until February 2007. In February, my viral load blipped up to 126. In May, it dropped again to <50. My last lab results in September showed my viral load increased to 70. My doctor said he does not believe any resistance has occurred, and I have not missed any doses. Can you offer an explanation for the fluctuation?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I agree with your doctor. This is likely related to assay variation and therefore are not real increases. I would not be concerned about it.

t cells and cd4
recently diagnosed, low CD4 count

  • 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