May 12, 2001
I discovered my HIV status almost two years ago. Every three months since then I have had my blood work done- my VL has been between 16.6 to a high of 35.0 (which was my latest test results. My T cell count has been between 641 10 1084 with my latest test at 805. I have not been on any medication. I do take care of myself- excerise, eat right, get lots of sleep- my big vice is smoking which I am trying to quit. My question is this- is there any known average or length of time where T cells/VL gets to a point where treatment becomes necessary? You have really helped me out by responding to other questions...I appreciate your comments. The VL numbers above are 16,600....35,000......does this change your response??? THANKS!
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Current guidelines suggest waiting to start treatment until the CD4 count is < 350 and the viral load is > 30-50,000/ml depending on the viral load assay used. Given your numbers, I would suggest waiting. MH
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