|Health Details--Re: 249K VL increase Question
Oct 4, 1999
Dr. Holodniy--You may need more details concerning my recent health over the past 3 months as it relates to my question as to why my VL increased from 7,000 to 249,000. I had uretheritis (sp?) in late August. After a week on an antibotic, I developed an upper respiratory infection and had a persistent cough w/flem (feverish on-and-off) which lasted for a little over 2 weeks during the first part of September. I didn't see my doctor about, but I had recovered without medication about a week before getting my second blood test drawn. Could these infections explain the sudden and dramatic increase in Viral Load?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You didn't say whether you were on antiretroviral therapy or not. If you are not on treatment, then viral load can increase dramatically with co-infections. Usually these increases are blunted in patients who are on HIV therapy. MH
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