Can my viral load decrease dramatically, even without meds?
Feb 6, 2011
I was diagnosed in July 2010, having been infected sometimes in the 6 months beforehand. My VL initially went up from about 15,000 to just over 30,000 (by November). However, my last test, in January, came back with a VL of 154. My CD4 count had increased in the same period from 600 in Nov. to 860 in Jan. Is this possible, or is this most likely a mistake in the lab? I have decided to not immediately do another test, but will wait until my next scheduled blood test (mainly because the clinic is not my favourite hang-out!). Any info you have will be greatly appreciated.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Given the time horizon from when you were infected, and it appears you are not on HIV treatment, that kind of decrease in viral load seems unlikely. I would just wait until your next scheduled visit to retest.
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