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low cd4, VERY high viral load - do i panic?
Oct 2, 2011

I was dianosed last week when I went to hospital with meningitis (recovered) and I will return for another blood test in a month before starting meds. My cd4 is 211 and viral load is 730,000! I'm panicking. My doc says don't worry.... yet (until the second test to compare changes). We think I was infected about 5 years ago. I understand the meds may raise my cd4 but is this viral load over 700,000 a disaster or can it be controlled? I'm dual citizen American and Estonian, living in Estonia with decent health care system, free meds, but I'm obviously freaking out until my follow up visit. I'm hetero, no drugs. Doctors here don't like to guess about the future or make promises. Will meds control all this or am I a worst case? Any advice, opinions are welcome. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I agree with your doctor. I see no reason why HIV treatment will not reduce that viral load to undetectable and likely double your CD4 count. although you say that infection could have occurred 5 years ago, if available, I would recommend getting a resistance test to see whether your virus has any detectable resistance to currently available HIV meds.



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