Viral load decrease
Sep 4, 2011
Though my CD4 count has kept decreasing(406, 560, 408, 544, 473, 387, 438, 374, 361, 331), my viral has done the same more or less regularly (12380, 11400, 20200, 18500, 12600, 11000, 11700, 12380, 8800, 5858). Is it frequent? Does it mitigate the importance of the CD4 lowering number? I'm not under treatment (here in Europe, the limit under which a treatment is advised is a CD4 count of 350; considering my last count, my time is coming).
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Yes, those viral loads are all pretty consistent, and even the last result is within assay variability. No, having a detectable viral load, even at 5,858, still means that there is enough virus around to cause a further decline in CD4 count. I think given the trend, you need to start HIV treatment now.
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