Feb 1, 2012
Dear Dr Young,
I sent message (will my cd4 rise?) to you 09/11/2011 my CD4 was 60 VL 27 and had an OI (Cryptococcus). Just got my lab results and CD4 is 139 CD4 9% VL undetectable and no OI anymore! :) I'm so glad medicines (Epivir, Isentress, Viread) are working correctly without any side effects! Hope I can reach CD4 200 that is the next step for me! What do you think? What should I do to make sure to reach 200? Look forward your reply! All the best!
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
Great to hear that you're doing so well. Your undetectable HIV viral load is a strong marker that your medications are working well, and a CD4 count that has more than doubled in 3-4 months is also so.
I'd expect your counts to continue to rise- in previous clinical trials with similar Isentress-based regimens, a ~200 cell rise was the average in the first year.
As to what to do- most important is to stay as adherent as possible to your regimen. Next, make sure to continue to get routine health and lab monitoring; work on other preventive health issues, such as smoking, other substance use, diet, exercise, mental health, etc.
Best of health to you in this new year, BY
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