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how severe is the infection
Jul 31, 2011

I am 20 years old, just diagnosed last month, 21 weeks pregnant, started meds today. My CD4 is 363 and my virus load is 25,000 - what exactly does that mean? I know the aim is for the CD4 to be over 500 and the VL under 1000 but I dont know how bad the actual infection is right now

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You are in pretty good shape. Your viral load is in the low-moderate range, and your CD4 count is slightly below normal (normal range 500-1500). HIV treatment will reduce your viral load to undetectable levels (usually read as < 50 copies/mL) within a few weeks and very likely get your CD4 count back up in to the normal range. This will also markedly decrease any chance of transmission of HIV to your baby.



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