|Newly diagnosed low viral load
Jul 16, 2007
I found out the end of September 2006 that I had become HIV positive. At that time my CD4 was 772 and Viral load was 1,600 33% In January 2007 my CD4 was 809 and Viral load was 2,700 33% then in April 2007 my CD4 was 809 and Viral load was 1,200 with a 30%
My question is my last visit with my ID Doctor he told me that he didn't want to see me again for a year. Is this normal for a person with HIV? I still have to go in every 3 months for blood work. Also in this time I had a Genotype test done. I was told I had no mutations, And that I would be able to take any of the medications when I decided to start. But my ID doctor does not want to put me on med's yet. What do you feel I should do?
Thank you for any advise you may give. Billy
| Response from Dr. Pierone
The good news is that your viral load is much lower than the typical person infected with HIV. This suggests that your rate of CD4+ lymphocyte count loss will be slower than average as well.
Since your situation is unusual, you probably don't need blood tests every 3 months as most people do. It would be reasonable to have your blood checked every 6 months at your levels to make sure things remain stable. If there is an increase in the viral load or a significant drop in the CD4+ lymphocyte count then you could increase the testing frequency to every 3 months.
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