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Differing Progression Rates

Jun 29, 2008

I acquired HIV about a year ago, from my bf who acquired it sometime before that (we're not sure when). Our initial lab results were about the same, with viral loads of 8k/9k respectively. Our most recent results, however, show a significant discrepancy. His latest had a CD4 of around 600, VL of 4k. Mine had a CD4 of 583 (29%), but a VL of almost 24k. Do you have any idea what might be causing the difference, and where I might do some further reading on the topic?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Even if the same strain is passed between people, everybody comes to HIV infection with a different immune response that is dependent on your underlying immune system and genetics.

HCV-RNA by Real Time PCR (Abbott m2000)
big drop in CD4 but low VL

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