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Initial Lab Results
Mar 29, 2009

Infected in Dec 2008. Tested positive in Feb 2009 following typical flu-like symptoms, fatigue, rash, etc. My first lab results are CD4 550 and viral load 406,000. The high viral load concerns me. Is it typical for the VL to be elevated after recent infection, and then go down? How quickly should I be re-tested?

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Response from Dr. Holodniy

Given your time line, this does appear to be acute infection. The HIV viral load can be extremely high during this time. In most people, the viral load will decrease to some lower threshold within about 3-6 months after acute infection. You will have a better sense of where the viral load is in May.



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