VERY erratic blood test results
Dec 30, 2008
I was diagnosed +ve in August 2004. Since then my lab tests have been all over the place. They are as follows: 09/18/04 VL6260 CD4508 30% 09/26/04 CD4393 12/20/04 CD4460 24.9% 07/29/05 CD4408 26% 12/20/05 VL84,727 CD4341 22.2% 06/11/06 CD4321 25.8% 10/10/06 VL undetectable(!)CD4420 05/15/07 CD4278 20.8% 07/20/07 CD4805(!) 22.8% 11/13/07 CD4245 21% 01/30/08 CD4 451 18.6% 07/22/08 CD4287 14.2%11/27/08 CD4299 16.1% My CD4 levels have always dropped in times of stress and then picked up again. I live in Thailand and they just say wait till CD4 levels fall to 200 but my tests are SO erratic I would like some more professional advice on when to start my meds, the best option here being Sustivir and Combivir. I really could do with some advice. Thank you
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post from Thailand.
Your tests do indeed show a lot of variability in the total (or absolute) CD4 count. By contrast, if you look at your CD4 percentages, you'll see a consistent trend of decrease to levels that approximate the AIDS defining level of 15%.
As such, even without an absolute count of 200, if you were my patient, I'd recommend starting treatment.
The combination of Combivir (AZT+3TC) and Sustiva (Stocrin, efavirenz) is a very successful and widely used regimen all over the world (though no longer preferred in the US, still listed as an alternative regimen).
I hope this helps. Happy and healthy new year to you.
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