|CD4 & Viral Load counts
Sep 24, 2011
Approximate HIV infection year in 1998-99. Diagonised in 2002. My current CD4 COUNTS:-183 and viral load:- 170,819. Currently good health condition. I was not on medicine till now, was more concerned about side effects and drug resistance. Recently i started ART VIRADAY 1 pill per day at bedtime from 2 days recommended by my doctor. How long will it take for my counts to rise up my CD4 counts above 500 and viral load to undetectable?
Will appreciate your reply.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
VIRADAY is the generic (not available in the US) version of ATRIPLA (tenofovir/FTC/efavirenz). It certainly was time for you to start medications with your high baseline HIV viral load and AIDS-defining CD4 count level.
Most people on this regimen will achieve undetectable (<50 copies or so) viral loads withint 3-4 months of initiation (slightly longer for people, like you, with high baseline loads). Typical CD4 count rises in the first year are about 200-250 cells, so one might expect that your CD4 count will top 500 (with a little luck and good adherence) within 1-2 years of starting.
Hope that helps. Be well, BY
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