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viral load drop
Apr 29, 2001

My lover was diagnosed with HIV in Feb. of 2001. Started his drug therapy of Norvir, Fortavase and Compavir in March. His viral load was 350,000 and CD4 count of 97. After a month of thearpy and a hospital stay with herpes zostrics of the brain his blood work showed his CD4 count up to 155 and his viral load as "undetectable". Guess we are a little skeptical of this kind of results this fast. He is still very fatigued and still feels like he has the flu all the time. Could the lab have made a mistake. (This was at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN) Thanks for your help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

That seems a little quick. But there could be reasons for it though. First the viral load could have been higher than where it might be because of the herpes infection. We know that herpes infections can increase HIV viral load levels ten times or more in the short term until that infection is under control. So by starting HIV treatment and controlling the herpes infection, this might have produced the abrupt decrease in viral load that has been seen. MH



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