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VL way up
Jan 4, 2007


Happy new year. I have been infected for a full year now. During my acute inf. my VL was 11,000 and cd4 575 @35%. 3 months later VL 1,300 CD4 680 @ 35%. Just today got my results back and VL 110,000 cd4 730 @ 32%. I had flu shot 3 weeks prior the test. Would that cause this numbers shift? Will they go down again? Should I start meds? This VL is a very scary #. Please advice.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

I believe that your flu shot may have influenced your viral load test and yes, it does seem a lot higher than previous tests.

I'd simply repeat the test in a few weeks to confirm what's going on.

Either way, an isolated high viral load in someone without HIV symptoms and a high CD4 count, like you need not start HIV treatment immediately.

Hope this helps, BY

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