|TCell at 40
Sep 15, 2007
My partner just tested t-cell 40, down from 144 in July. Viral load up 800% since July. Doctors are doing a resistance panel today for two recently released drugs.
I'd appreciate your honest opinion of what we likely can expect.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
While awaiting his HIV resistance test, this is a good time to learn about treatment options, since with a CD4 count of 40 (or 144 for that matter), he needs to start. I'm curious about your comment about the new drugs- does your partner have drug resistance? Is he failing a drug regimen or hasn't started on one yet?
Whether drug resistant or not, there are a number of very good treatment options. We'll use the resistance testing (and now, genetic testing of the patient--HLA haplotype) to help guide deciding about what the best treatments are for the patient and for the virus.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to write back with any follow up. BY
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