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HIV Viral Load
Sep 30, 2012

My friend was HIV positive 6 years ago. He made a test on 03.09.2012. Results: HIV Viral Load=Not detected copies/ml. What does it mean he is HIV negative? CD$:29%;CD$:405;CD8:54%;CD8:749;ratio:0.5;CD3:85%;CD31180. On 24 September new test. Results:CD4:33%;CD4:424;CD8:52%;CD8:662 ratio:0.6;CD3:87%;CD3:1098 Why CD8 and CD3 is decreasing is not good. He is under therapy :Emtriva 200mg,Vireal 300mg and Stocrin 600mg. I'm a doctor of Judicial Science. Please an advise for my friend, does he need treatment, is he positive is he in danger situation? Thank you very much. Kind Regards

Response from Dr. Holodniy

An undetectable (not detected) HIV viral load is a good thing, and means he has responded to the HIV treatment. It does NOT mean he is HIV negative. He still remains HIV infected. I am not concerned about the fluctuations in t cell counts. He has a very good CD4 count and percent (normal is a count of 500-1500 and a percent of 30-50%), meaning his immune system has not been significantly damaged by the virus.



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