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Jan 19, 2009

Just a personal experience. I am 57, and was diagnosed about a month ago, with a viral load of 1.46 million and CD-4 of around 100. My primary physician of a year ago did not connect having Thrush with anything else wrong. Thank God my current doctor kind of made me have an HIV test when I had my second infection with Thrush. My infectious disease specialist put me on Atripla and an antibiotic to prevent PCP, and two weeks later my viral load was 8700 and CD-4 in the 300's. Have not experienced any side effects except for the odd vivid nightmare at night.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Yes indeed, it was a good thing that you got tested for HIV when you did-- you have a very high viral load and dangerously low CD4 count. I've been on a private mission to increase HIV testing for all persons in the US, whether they deem themselves at risk or not.

Sounds like you've had an excellent initial response to treatment with a viral load drop in excess of 99% in 2 weeks and huge increase in CD4s!

Best of health to you in the new year, BY

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