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cd4 &viral load

Apr 10, 2012

im 44 yrs old and started meds at 3 cd4. i have been on medication(Atripla) for 18 months now. in first six months test 92 cd4 undictatable v/l and 12 months 204 cd4 and undictatable v/l now 18months 230 cd4 and 35 v/l. can please tell whats happening? am i becoming resistant to my drugs because the change is slow and viral is showing?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Not to worry. A single very low viral load like your 35 copy test is unlikely to have any significance or be indicative of drug resistance. It's more likely that you had a minor immune reaction (could be something as simple as a cold sore) when the test was run.

Overall, it looks like you've had a very nice recovery from very serious immune deficiency, and continue to have CD4 count increases.

About the only thing I'd do at this point is to continue to be as adherent to your medications as possible and make sure not to miss your next laboratory test appointment.

Be well, BY

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