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First labbs after starting treatment
Nov 4, 2003

Hi Dr. Young:

I just got my first labs after 5 weeks of starting meds. My tcells went from 257 to 482. (15.7 to 27.7). My vl went from 205,305 to less than 2000 (1923). I am on Kaltera, Viread and Emtriva. I never missed a single dose--(In fact, by mistake I took an extra dose of viread and Emtriva one day but not a big deal). I also had minor platic surgery and a root canal during that 5 week time period. Is that an average change after only 5 weeks?

Thanks Kevin. PS-- After a few months I may still swich off kaletra to Sustiva or Viremune due to chance of lipo with kaltra)

Response from Dr. Young

Kevin- good to hear from you. Your lab results are fantastic. They show a hugh drop in viral load and great increase in both CD4 percentage and absolute counts. In fact, your dental work might have caused your viral load to be elevated (at 5 weeks), potentially obscuring additional effects. So overall, I'd give your results an A grade.

Indeed (see today's posts), a recent presentation at the European AIDS Conference showed that the combo that you're taking appears to work very well-- this is the initial study to look at your combination (or for that matter, the combo of Viread and Emtriva).

Thanks for the update. BY



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