Freaking Out At Test Results
Jan 26, 2008
I was diagnosed positive in summer of 2006 when I was sero converting. My MD thinks I was likley infected in May of '06 or so. While my initial 300,000 viral load quickly reduced, for the last year and 1/2 I was at 17,000 - 22,000 viral load (my T-cells were in the mid to high 400 range). While I feel great my last test results floored me. My t-Cells remained the same but my viral load went over 100,000. I was hoping to stay off meds as long as possible or at least have a gradual increase to contemplate meds and then this huge spike. I fear my MD's may be sugar coating the conclusion from such a spike. Is this normal? Should I be concerned that I have a very active virus or weak imune system? Does this affect the likelihood of a good sustainable drug treatment plan or will I likley be one of those who have to constantly change drug regimens and run out of options instead of being on one good treatment plan for a long time? Is this bad news for my body being able to live with this virus? I am worried sick over this development. Thanks
Response from Dr. Holodniy
A 5 fold increase would be considered significant if it was consistently sustained. If you didn't have any kind of acute infection or vaccination when the test was done, which could account for such an abrupt increase, it is likely to not be significant. I would just have it repeated and see where you stand.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Dry Cough After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Painful Red Spots After Vaginal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Vaginal Discharge After Drinking Water Worried I Have HIV
- White Discharge After Nipple Biting Worried I Have HIV
- After Treatment For Trichomoniasis How Should You Wait To Have Sex
- How Do You Get Trichomoniasis Without Having A Sex Partner?
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.