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CD4 count progreesion
Dec 20, 2009

Hello Dr, I started ARV's( Truvada + Stocrin) a year ago when I was tested and found to be positive( CD4 was 185 and VL was approx 10000 )My recent results a year later are CD4 = 340 and VL undetectable( VL been undecrtable for 9 months sofar) . My questions are thus: What is the normal rate at which CD4 count should rise if VL remains undetectable and will the fact that I started ARV's which such a low CD4 count have any bearing on my prognosis. Thanks in advance

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Since we usually don't know what someone's baseline CD4 count was before HIV infection, it is always difficult to predict how far and over what time frame the CD4 count will increase. On average, the CD4 count will increase by about 150 after starting HIV treatment depending on where the CD4 count was before starting treatment. The CD4 count can continue to increase slowly thereafter, even over several years.



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