|Waiting on my CD4s
Aug 7, 2010
I started Isentress & Truvada mid March and at that time my VL was 8000 and cd4 was 340. In six weeks I was UD but my cd4s were still 340. My last set labs are back today and I am still UD but my cd4 only gained 20 to 360 and my % was 27.1. All my other blood work is with in range. I am 55 years old, so is it normal for us older ones to have a slower response? This is my first time on meds.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello Older and thanks for your post.
It's good to hear that you've had an excellent (and usual) virolgic response to your Truvada/Isentress regimen. You're correct that older persons do have slower and blunted CD4 cell responses- indeed, this is why I recommend that older persons (defined liberally) consider starting HIV medications with higher CD4s than younger persons.
It might be instructive to look at your CD4% change over the 6 months that you've been on treatment; there might be the numerical change that your hoping for. Alternatively, if your viral load is UD and you're otherwise well, I'd not change a thing.
So, be well, write back anytime. BY
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