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early numbers
Jun 9, 2006

I was infected about 7 months ago (August 21, 3 a.m. to be precise). After positive Elisas and a confirmatory WB (five bands present, including at least one from each of the ENV, POL, and GAG classes) in January, I had my first labs done. CD4 absolute 757, %age 38 % and VL... <400 (the detectability threshold for this test, I was told that they don't order the ultrasensitive test for early first labs). The nurse-practitioner was puzzled and reordered the antibody tests and also an ultrasensitive VL test. Results not in yet. So I'm a long ways from initiating treatment -- right?

Thanks!

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Your's is indeed an unusual case with recent infection and undetectable HIV viral load. This generally is a very good prognostic indicator and suggest that combined with your high CD4 numbers it should be a long while before the need to initiate medications for HIV. BY



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