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Sep 12, 2003

HELLO there, i've been reading the posts here for sometime now, a couple of months......

Well, I finally found out I'm positive as of July and found out my viral load is around 74,000.....which at that time, my doc recommended starting treatment. I then hesitated, since I had 2 viral load tests done by accident. I decided to wait till i got my results of my cd4 count, on the basis of information obtained from this website.

Low and behold, my cd4 count was 928, now my doc says I needed be concerned about meds and keep up whatever i may be doing that has my cd4 counts so high...however, with my viral load being this ok?

Response from Dr. Young

I typically don't start medications soley on the basis of viral load tests.

The fact that your CD4 count is so high, suggests to me that in the absence of symptoms, waiting to start (with appropriate monitoring) would be fine.

Because your viral load is "high" (>55,000), there is a greater risk of having more rapid disease progression (not a gimme, but just increased odds) and because of this making sure that you stay on your doctor's radar screen is important. BY

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