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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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