Numbers bouncing and IRIS?
Jun 20, 2010
Hi, my results so far have been
02/25 VL 13100 CD4 220 24% 03/12 VL 19800 CD4 372 19% 03/26 Started Atripla 04/30 VL 58 CD4 286 23% 05/28 VL 45 CD4 222 21%
My question is - why are my CD4s and percentage going down with a good viral load response, and for the past 10 days or so I have felt slightly feverish, general malaise, aching bones - could I have IRIS due to the rapid VL drop? (if so, will it resolve and I start to fel better?).
Response from Dr. Holodniy
The most important number to watch acutely after starting HIV treatment is the reduction in viral load, which going the way it is supposed to. I would not be concerned at this point about the bouncing CD4 count and percent. Once your viral load is undetectable, you will see the CD4 count/percent smooth out and increase. Any symptoms you have should be gone relatively soon as your body and immune system get stabilized on the HIV meds.
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