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Dec 7, 2008

Could HIV re-infection cause my CD4% to drop from a stable 36% to 20%? My VL's have been in the 200 - 1500 range for the past two years. I don't take any medication but the nurse practitioner I saw on my recent visit to review my labs thinks I should start. Current CD4% is 20% and VL is 794. Current CD4 is 394, lower from 621 16 months ago at a 36% CD4%. Having to take medication is going to depress me even more. I don't want to start.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

If on repeat the same lower numbers are found, I would recommend starting HIV treatment.

i need help, from russia
Drop in CD4 % after change in meds

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