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Two blips in a row - Should I be worried?
Feb 14, 2010

I have been on Atripla for two years now and have been undetectable since 3 months after starting therapy. Recently, my viral load from 01/05/2010 came back at VL count 70 (CD4+ 1082 @ 34%) so my doctor did a retest on 02/03/2010 which came back at VL count 86. Should I be concerned that two consecutive tests a month apart came back at detectable levels after being undetectable for so long? I'm freaking out mostly because I'm in a magnetic relationship and am concerned about my partners safety.

Thanks in advance, Slightly Panicked

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I would not be concerned. We do see this kind of low detectable or bouncing between low positive and undetectable, where in almost all people it does not lead to failure of the regimen.



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