Co-infection HIV-1 and HIV-2
Jun 6, 2009
Hi, I was diagnosed positive two weeks ago to both HIV-1 and HIV-2. My first labs are 576 CD4 and 22.000 copies of HIV-1. I am currently living in Japan and unfortunately, I was told that there is no way to know the viral load of HIV-2. I am worried about the prognosis of being co-infected and the lack of knowledge or even ways to know the basics about my HIV-2 infection as the viral load. I would be grateful to get your comments about my case. Thanks and regards.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is difficult to get HIV-2 viral load results outside of a research study or research labs. Your current HIV-1 status indicates that you have a normal CD4 count and a modest HIV-1 viral load level. As you may know, those with HIV-2 infection alone, have a much slower course of progression. The good news is that HIV-2 will in general respond to HIV-1 medications. There is no urgency to start HIV-1 meds at this point. But when needed, both viruses should respond. I would suggest getting a HIV-1 genotype test to determine whether the HIV-1 strain you have has any evidence of drug resistance.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.