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VL Lowering w/o Meds
May 4, 2004

My doctor has put me on a supplement, diet and exercise regimen to see if we can lower my VL count w/o meds. Currently my VL is around 29000 and my T cell count nearly 1000. I am in good health overall and recently diagnosed. Before I started this program my T cells were just over 500 and VL nearly 31000. What are your thoughts on lowering VL w/o meds?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your questions.

I'll bet that your viral load changes are not significant- in light of the fact that a viral load in a person with HIV can change 5-fold from day to day, without any specific intervention.

As for your CD4 count, this might be a real change, but look first at the CD4 percentage- since both absolute CD4s are in the normal range, it might just reflect the ebbs and flows of CD4s too. Take a look, let us know what the perecentages are. BY

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