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Viral load slightly increased after 3 months

May 23, 2009

It's been 6 months since I've been diagnosed as being HIV positive. After one month of taking the Norvir + Reyataz+ Truvada combo, my viral load plummeted from 42,440 to 530, while my CD4 count was virtually unchanged at 356. After three months on this combo, my viral load crept up slightly to 600 while my CD4 count shot up to 556. I try to take my meds at 8pm every evening, but sometimes I wind up taking them 2-3 hrs past that time and most of the time I don't take my meds with food. I do store my meds at the correct temperature (Norvir refrigerated, the other two at room temperature). Is this normal? Are my meds working the way they should, or do I need to do a better job of adhering in order to get my viral load down to undetectable?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I think your meds are working fine. If on the next set of labs your viral load is not undetectable, then you may need an adjustment in your HIV regimen.

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