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I'm THRILLED! (Should I be?)
Jan 17, 2004

Hi, guys. Thanks for all your help to date... Here's another question:

I just started my first HAART regimen on New Years Day. Found out after the fact that my bloodwork on 12/30, just 2 days before I started treatment, was CD4/193 (21) & VL 876,000 (a four-fold increase in less than three weeks).

My next blood work was on 1/6, just five doses into my regimen. And when I got the results I was amazed: my CD4s were up to 248 (25) and my VL was down to 68,900 -- a 79 drop!

Now, today, my doc emailed me the results of my most recent bloodwork done last Tuesday, 1/13, and I really can't believe it. Although my CD4s dropped a little bit to 232 (24.4), my VL is down to 7,310 -- that's more than a 99.99 reduction in just 12 days of treatment. I can't quite believe that's possible...

So, now I'm wondering: is this as phenomenal as I think it is, or is it just par for the course. (Haven't had a chance to talk in depth with my doc about it yet...) Of course I want to believe that it bodes well for my future, but am I just getting excited about a pretty commonplace occurence?

Thanks, D

Response from Dr. Young

D-- thanks for your post.

You've certainly had a very good initial response to your HAART therapy-- typically, if I see a 99% drop at this point, I'm very satisfied. Newer regimens do offer improved potency (and tolerability); but the magnitude of the early viral load drop is a measure of how potent the drugs are for YOUR virus and is an excellent bellweather of things to come.

Keep up the adherence, good luck and thanks for reading. BY

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