Low Viral Load, Low CD4, No drugs
Nov 29, 1999
I've had HIV for around 5 years, maybe longer. I became aware of my status in July 95. I take no antivirals. I get tested every quarter. My VL has ranged from 600 to 7000, currently 3600. CD4's from 196 - 320, currently 252. CD4 % from 0.13 to 0.17, curretnly 0.14. CD4/CD8 % around 0.27.
There doesn't seem to be a clear trend. I have held off starting treatment until something seems to change, because I expect that the drugs will beeter with time, and based on these numbers, my own natural defenses seem to be holding the virus at bay.
From what I can tell my profile isn't typical.
I had a blood transfusion (in Thailand) in 1982. I have always thought this to be the most likely infection event. But, I find it hard to believe that I've had the virus for so long. I'd have to be a slow progresor to have had it this long. In looking at my CD4's, and projecting the trend backwards, I conclude that I have been infected for a long time OR I had a very sharp decline from a more recent event followed by relative stability.
Comments on all this? Advice appreciated.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
I would favor your latter theory. I have a seen a few patients who had the "big hit", followed by relatively stability at quite low CD4 levels and low detectable viral loads. They all ended up on treatment, but we delayed starting by some years. We don't know what the trigger is, but the CD4 counts started to go down further and viral loads started going up. MH
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