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Why the drop in CD4??

Dec 14, 2008


Firstly thanks so much for all your help!! I dont know how I would have coped without everyone here!!

Having been on treatment for just over 7mths now I eventually reached undetectable VL today! However my CD4 has dropped from 810 to 420. This drop in CD4 occured over a 2mth period! I started treatment(Truvada Sustiva) with CD4 208 but was resistant to Sustiva so began Darunavir/Ritonavir/Truvada 2mths ago with VL of 277 and CD4 810. After 4wks VL was 168 and CD4 530. Now after a further 4wks VL undetectable but CD4 420. Im happy about being undetectable but now Im worried about my CD4 dropping! If this continues is there anything that can be done? My cholestrol has also dropped from 7.8 to just 4.6 as I have been excersising more and watching diet carefully! Could this have a bearing on my drop in CD4?? Thanks in advance for your help!!! Is there an address or contact details were we can make donations??

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It would be unlikely the HIV meds caused a decrease in your cholesterol and more likely your diet and exercise regimen. I can't explain the CD4 decline, but likely not clinically significant given the now undetectable viral load. Another number to follow is the CD4 percent. I bet the percent has not declined or is within a couple of percent which is an insignificant difference.

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