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Is my daughter a non progresser?

May 13, 2012

I have an 9 year old daughter who has HIV. She was adopted at 4 days old. Her HIV was not diagnosed until she was 5, and then it was an exclusionary test for something else. Her viral load is consistantly between 4000 and 6000 and her CD4's are 900 to 1100. She is in great health, never takes meds, except vitamins. She has an extraordinary ID Dr. Is she a non-progresser and how is that determined?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

This terminology can be confusing. In general people who are HIV infected and have normal CD4 counts/percents, low or undetectable viral loads for > 10 years without treatment are considered nonprogressors. A subset of these folks are called elite controllers. They don't have a detectable viral load. Your daughter may be in the nonprogressor group, although her viral load is a little higher than it would be for most.

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