|Initial CD4/VL, hair loss, recurrent diarrhea
Feb 22, 2009
Hi, I was diagnosed positive 22.01.09. I do not know date of infection. My initial lab tests have shown that my CD4 is 675 25% and Viral load 17,800. I'm somewhat worried about relatively high VL; should I be?
Also, can moderate hair loss and recurrent diarrhea be symptoms of HIV at this stage (i.e., when treatment naive and feeling otherwise healthy?)
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Your CD4 count is in the normal range, although your CD4% is slightly decreased. That viral load is in the low moderate range. A high viral load is one > 100,000. So, something to watch, but I am not overly concerned and you don't need HIV treatment at this point. A few more tests will tell you the trend over time. In regards to your symptoms, This is unlikely due to HIV infection given your numbers and I would look for other causes.
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