Sep 29, 2011
I was recently diagnosed with hiv. My cd4 is 71, cd4% is 15 and viral load is 24,000. I just started Atripla. What can I expect in regards to my cd4 count and percentage over the next 6 months? Can I get to 500 and 30%?
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
While as they say, individual results may vary, the most relevant study to address your question was the original clinical trial with the components of Atripla, called GS934. In this study, about 250 people received tenofovir+FTC+efavirenz. The average CD4 cell increase after 48 weeks was 189 cells and after 96 weeks (2 clinical trial "years"), 270 cells.
Looking at where you started, with a low CD4 count of 74 but relatively healthier CD4 percentage, you could predict that your CD4 count could take a couple of years to hit the normal range (>350, >30%).
Hope that is helpful and wish you health. BY
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