|early signs drug resistance
Aug 15, 2007
my resihusband has been HIV + for 13 years and his viral load has been undectable for a long time. resntly he switch to Atripla . Now on his latest lab report his viral load is 52 but his cd4 count has icreased from 700 to 840. Is this early signs of drug resistance
| Response from Dr. Young
A single viral load test of 52 with previous undetectables is almost certainly not a sign of early drug resistance, but rather of what we call "blips"-- elevations that nearly always return to the undectable level. Often, these are the result of minor activation in the immune system- as caused by minor infections (like sinus infections or herpes) or vaccinations. Several clinical studies have shown us that there is no long-term implication of having a blip, so long as the next load tested is undetectable.
Hope this helps. BY
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