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Increasing viral load
Jun 12, 2012

I found out about the HIV status 7 years ago. My CD4 count has been varying 750 and 800 and viral load between 3000 and 5000. The past year, the viral load has increased drastically to 24000 and CD4 count has remained at 800 beside the increase in viral load. I have been protecting myself and I eat healthily and exercize. What could be causing such a drastic increase in viral laod and is there anything I can do to bring it down?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

HIV viral loads fluctuate quite a bit, and it wouldn't surprise me at all that your single test of 24,000 reflected a transient activation of your immune system- such as can happen from insignificant things, like a cold, or sinus infection or herpes flair.

Since your CD4 count didn't change with this test, I'm reassured as well.

So, nothing needs to be done, nor any need for concern. Just have the test repeated at your usual time interval.

Be well, BY



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