|Why is my viral load dropping so fast
Oct 2, 2011
Alright, so i was diagnosed w/ acute hiv july 5, 2011 they detected it thru rna as the usual hiv tests came back negative. thru the rna test my viral load was 200k with my white blood cells at 200.. I went back aug 16, and my virus was 125 and white blood cells were back in the normal range 600. Now i spoke to the doc and he said he cant get a strain id or something with the virus count that low so he was going to try again and hopefully they could get something.. This time which is last week sept 19th. He called me asking if i was taking medication or something. my viral load is now 15 and white blood cell is 700. What does this mean? Is this the normal part of the disease my doc says hes never seen it but dont really understand too much regarding the pattern of this virus as there is a lot of information out there but nothing specific to apply it to my case.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
So it sounds like you were acutely infected, but have not received any HIV treatment, and now your viral load has decreased to almost undetectable levels on its own. The likely answer is that your immune system has contained viral replication on its own without the need for HIV treatment. We see this is a small minority of patients, where their underlying immune system is strong enough on its own to control the virus, and perhaps for the long term without the need for HIV meds.
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