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Feb 25, 2007

I tested positive last year. I believe I was infected 14 months ago. My first two labs were CD4 400 / VL 86,000; CD4 386 / VL 185,000. Based on my viral load, my doctor recommends starting treatment. I wasn't expecting this this so soon. So my questions: 1) How unusual is this? 2) Is an early high viral load indicative of a drug resistant strain? 3) Does my viral load suggest that I won't be responsive to treatment? Thanks for your answer.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

1) It's not unusual at all to have a CD4 count below 400 soon after infection.

2) Having a high viral load isn't indicative of drug resistance at all (as long as you're not taking antiretroviral therapy).

3) Current treatments are very effective, even among persons with high (>100,000) viral loads.

Hope this helps, BY

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