long term progressor?
May 17, 2003
Thank you all for the work you put into this site - you should all go straight to heaven.
I am recently positive for HIV. I was exposed to virus from a one time partner 3 years ago - partner since then is negative (so I am about 3 years positive). My question is that my counts came back with a CD 4 count of almost 1300.00 and an almost undetectable viral load! Do these figures give any indication about future development? Can such positive counts after 3 years of infection represent the possiblity of a long-term progressor status and a normal life span/ I am not currently on any meds - never have been.
Response from Dr. Young
The verbage that you're suggesting is actually "long-term NON-progressor". Such persons will have a longer time than average to progression to immune deficiency and AIDS. Life expectancy is likely better, though there still might be a need for HIV medications in the future.
The key issue is to get intermittent monitoring of your labs and health status with an experienced HIV healthcare provider-- irrespective of your CD4 and viral load status.
Good luck. BY
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