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Mar 8, 2009

I was diagnosed last December. I had no symptoms and have not been anyways sick for many years. I am 23 years old. Results:

Dec 2008: Cd4% 12, Cd4 Count 268, VL 98000

January 2009: Cd4% 15, Cd4 Count 226, VL 45000

18 February 2009: Cd4% 12, Cd4 Count 388, VL 347

I commenced on meds (Atripla) on the 2nd February 2009, 16 days before the last blood tests.

I am just wondering is there any way of knowing how long I may be infected?

Also is the dramatic drop in Viral load in such a short period of time normal with this drug?

You opinion is very mush appreciated.

(Dublin, Ireland)

Response from Dr. Holodniy

No there is no way to tell with those results, unless you had previous negative HIV antibody tests. Yes, we see that type of viral load response with HIV treatment.

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