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Atripla resistance
May 9, 2010

I have been HIV positive for four years. I began treatment for the first time taking two years ago. My lab results with in 12 weeks produced an undetectable viral load. Six months ago my viral load was 90 and today (six months later) my results were 240. My T cells are over 1000. I have had perfect adherence since I began taking Atripla with never more then a few hour window difference (6 hours at the most). My Dr. wants me to come back in three months. What would be causing this slow viral load increase or is this just typical of a "blip"? All other numbers are excellent.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I think it is still a blip and not a failure of the atripla. Viral assay variability or intermittent viral replication could result in such blips. At this point, I would not be concerned.



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