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Feb 22, 2007

Hi Dr. Wohl, Thank You for everything you do so much! I know this is probably a question that has become annoying, but I'd like your opinion on my numbers/possible lifespan please given my specific scenario. 44 yrs old, asymptomatic, never a cold,flu, male, estimate of time positive is 8yrs before discovered.Only safe sex last 6 yrs. Just discovered pos Oct 06,(Started Atripla immed-no side effects) First test early Oct:CD4 237, 22%,VL 37K follow-up test late Nov/06:CD4 526, 22%, VL 700. Don't drink, quit smoking 1 year ago, never a heavy smoker though, about 10 lbs overweight. Don't know if it matters, but 3 grandparents and one great uncle that lived into late 90's, without any major illnesses. Can I live into my 70's/80's? Why would my cd4 more than double in 5 weeks but the % stay exactly the same. Would you have recommended that I start meds when I did? Thnak You

Response from Dr. Wohl

Thanks.

I think you did the right thing by starting meds. I would watch out for garden variety heart disease and undergo routine cancer screening because chances are it will not be HIV that releases you from this mortal coil.

Keep up your good work and I am sure your CD4 cell count by absolute and % will only rise.

DW



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