|Acute HIV Infection?
Jan 18, 2009
I was diagnosed with having Acute HIV infection in December. Which I understand means that HIV had very recently entered my system. My labs were very wacky. Started off with a ViralLoad of 300K plus and CD4 count of 1290. Within week or so my CD4 account dropped down to 800. Then my Jan 6th blood test came back with a CD4 of 553 and the ViralLoad only said 100000+. They are running a different test to get the exact number. Anyhow, I am concerned at how quickly my CD4 count is dropping at this early stage. Should I yet be concerned or is this all a symptom of the Acute infection and will straighten out to some degree?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Your CD4 decline is very consistent with acute HIV infection. All the decline though is within the normal range of CD4 counts (500-1500). It is likely once your immune system reaches equilibrium with the virus that it will settle out some place above 500.
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