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my cd4 & VIRAL LOAD

Mar 17, 2013

dear sir,i am suffering from hiv since last 5 years on march 6th my cd4 count was 97& my viral load on 8th of march shows result as 258489 iu/ml blood in hiv quantitative real time pcr,& i have started my art treatment on cipla's viraday just on 9 th march,2013,i am confused about my future please guide me in this matter.i am an indian having son of 5 years old always worried about his future.........please guide me in a simple language.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You have accomplished the most important thing regarding HIV infection, which is to have started HIV treatment. Although your CD4 count is quite low, and indicates that your immune system has been significantly damaged, and that you are at risk for other kinds of infections, HIV treatment should begin to reverse this. In a few weeks, you will see a significant decrease in your blood virus level (viral load) and your CD4 count and percent will start to increase. These will all be positive signs that HIV treatment is working and your immune system is recovering.

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