May 6, 2012
I was diagnosed Jan 26,2011. I took my first labs Feb 1, 2011. I did not return for the results. It took a while for it to all sink in and then I returned to the doctor May 25, 2011. My lab results was VL 152,000. CD4 722. CD4% 40.
It was suggested that I should start meds but I didn't have too. I chose too. I began taken Travada and Isentris. I was told that my VL should be UD in 6 months. I returned to the doctor in June for new labs.
I received the results July 15, 2011. It was VL UD. CD4 1200 CD4 % 45. My doctor was impressed by the results. She called them perfect.
I was confused. Only a month and a half had passed and I was undetectable. I found out my partner was positive and thats who I got it from. I did the math and I figured from the time we met I should feel sick around April. I was right. I didn't get sick. I got very fatigue. I could still move around normally but I felt a difference in my energy level.
My doctor said that was the body fighting the virus. It only lasted a few days.
My next labs were taken in Oct 2011. VL UD, CD4 1465. Next labs taken in March 2012. VL UD, CD4 1255 CD4% 52%
I understand that the CD4 count changes variably. I am not sure if the medicine caused me to go UD. From the time i first was diagnosed in Jan to the time I started meds in May, my body began to fight the virus on it own.
I told my doctor that I haven't had so much as a cold since 2006 when i got the flu for the first time in my life.(I've been counting the years). She said that I have a very strong immune system.
What does all of it mean? I try to find answers but I never find anyone whose numbers are high as mine. Am I rare?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
If I understand you correctly, you are still taking HIV meds, so yes, HIV treatment is definitely having an effect here. You caught the infection early when your CD4 count/percent were still in the normal range, and now that you have controlled the virus, your immune system is now likely back to where it was prior to HIV infection.
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