|Smoked Crystal Meth one night, will it affect VL?
Jun 18, 2000
I am very embarrassed to ask this question. I am HIV positive and have taken my condition very seriously and check your forum regularly, which I find as a godsend. But This is why I am feeling so bad and angry about what I did. I have tested HIV positive in Jan 2000. My Vl has been continually decreasing from 130,000 to my current VL of 14,000 without starting any meds yet. T cells have stayed around 600. My Doctor, whom I trust as an excellent HIV Dr, wants to wait to see if it will continue to drop before starting HAART. I don't drink, smoke and have never done drugs. Unfortunately, a few night ago, I did something really stupid, I was out and under pressure, and smoked several hits of Crystal Methamphetamine. I am freaking out!!!!! I have never done drugs before and have no intention to do any more in the future. My question is I am scheduled for another VL/TCell test in two weeks. Will this one time use of Crystal Meth affect my VL and for how long? Should I postpone my test or is it too late? I have been stressing so much over this. Please help and thank you so much for your forum, it has been incredibly helpful.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Although it has never been systematically studied, various recreational drugs can affect viral load levels. A one time use of meth might be enough to cause a blip in viral load, depending on how much was consumed and the amount of stimulation in the immune system favoring viral replication it created. This is all speculative. I would keep the appointment.
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