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Sep 11, 2004


my boyfriend was diagnosed HIV+ mid of april. Viral load was 155,000 and CD4 120. The doctor put him on therapy immidiately, so he got EPIVIR, ZERIT, STROCIN + antibiotic. He got another test in July and his CD4 are 134 but viral load undetectable?! I find this very strange or just don't understend how the treatment works as this seems like a miracle. He feels well, looks well, doesnt have any side effects. Do you think it's really possible that only after a two month treatment person gets undetectable? Thanks in advance and keep up with good work you are doing.


Response from Dr. Young

Thank you for your post and kind words.

Ten years ago we would have thought it a miracle to have a viral load go undetectable. Now, with effective therapies, like the one that your boyfriend is taking, we actually expect viral loads to reach undetectable levels, and often within 8 weeks of starting treatment.

The key thing for him (and you) is to continue to be diligent on taking the medications, as missed doses often translate into premature failure of treatment and the emergence of drug resistance.

Good luck, let us know how things go for you and him. BY

Thanks for your reply, and some interesting info.

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