|Things that make me worried
Mar 18, 2012
I was diagnozed in January 2012, infected in Q2-Q4 2011. My VN is 147,000 CD4 472, all blood tests are optimal for my age (25). I am MSM, living in the EU with access to free high-level health care. No other co-infections, in good shape, no health problems whatsoever, no drug user but I do smoke. If my next results in April show high VN again, my doctor wants to start the treatment which I think is a good idea.
I would like to ask about two things that make me worried:
1. If my VN after approximately 6 months after infection remains that high, does it mean that I am "fast progressor" or my virus mutation is more aggresive than what is usual?
2. In case I start the treatment and I follow it strictly, what health issues should I be worried about? What are the risks of having treatment failure/multi-resistant mutationof the virus? Can I even consider myself the "lucky guy" from British statistics saying I can easily make it to my 70s?
I just met a very nice HIV- boy who likes me nevertheless my current condition but before I get involved with him, I would like to have these questions at least partially clarified...
Thank you very much for your time
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
If left as an untreated condition for months to years, yes, people with viral loads > 100,000 copies/mL will progress faster (high CD4 declines) than those with viral loads < 100,000. that is why current treatment guidelines suggest treating people with viral loads > 100,000 regardless of the CD4 count, even if it is in the normal range. In general, in those people without other major medical conditions who start HIV treatment early and control the viral infection and preserve immune function, there should be no reason why you won't be collecting a pension when you are 70. If HIV is taken out of the equation, then as one ages, other medical conditions (heart disease, cancers, etc) begin to show up. Although some of these medical conditions occur with greater frequency in those with HIV infection, with appropriate medical care they can be prevented or detected earlier to reduce any problems. As long as the viral load remains undetectable, the risk of resistance is extremely low.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Blood In Urine After Receptive Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Coated Tongue After Unprotected Oral Sex Without Ejaculation Worried I Have HIV
- Erectile Dysfunction After Receptive Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Fever After Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- Groin Pain After Genital Rubbing Worried I Have HIV
- Groin Pain After Insertive Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.