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Newly infected viral load and cd4 counts
Oct 28, 2012

I am a 22 year old male, I recently found out that I was infected with HIV, I immediately had my labs taken. I just received my results, my viral load is 652 and CD4 is 588. The doctor was very impressed with my viral load and could not give me any information as to why my levels are so low for being recently infected. I am currently awaiting my second labs. What could this mean? Could my body have this virus under control? Is my CD4 count low? How do these numbers correlate to each other at this point?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Your CD4 count is in the normal range (500-1500) for someone who is not infected with HIV. Your viral load is quite low. The range is anywhere from undetectable (< 20 copies/mL) to over 1 million copies/ml. Your numbers do indicate that your immune system at this point is able to control the infection for the most part on its own. Your numbers are not the norm, as most people would have higher viral loads, but are not that unusual for infection.



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