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How long likely positive?
Jan 24, 2013

I tested positive, and when I did my viral load was over 100 000, and my Cd4 was 9. Is there a way to estimate how long I have likely been unknowingly positive?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello,

Unfortunately, there's no way to accurately predict when you acquired HIV on the basis of your current lab tests. Some individuals's HIV disease progress slowly, others very rapidly.

Your lab results do indicate advanced HIV disease and an AIDS-defining CD4 cell count. On average, this means that you've probably had HIV for several years, more than 1 and less than 10, but these are very crude estimates.

I hope that you've connected with a good HIV care provider and that you're now actively engaged with either starting on- or taking HIV medications. Doing so should improve the function of your immune system and restore your health.

Be well, BY



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