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Spike in viral load
Nov 6, 2012

I have been HIV positive since 9/2009 and I've been taking Atripla. Last week my labs came like this:

CD4 count 454, up from 382 six months ago CD4% count 18, up from 15 six months ago HIV 1 RNA, PCR was 28, up from <20 six months ago HIV 1 RNA, LOG NUMBER PCR was 1.45, up from <1.30 six months ago.

My question is, should I be concened about the spike in my VL? I have never missed a dose of Atripla and always take it between 8pm and 11pm every evening. I do have a cold now that I think I picked up last week, and was wondering if when I wet to the lab last week being that may have affected the results? Any information would be helpful.

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

I wouldn't be too concerned about your very low detectable HIV RNA (viral load). Such a low level blip is often associated with minor infections (like sinus infections or colds) and not associated with viral resistance.

For more information about this, you could search our forum for posts on "viral blips".

Be well, BY



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