|slight increase in VL
Oct 18, 1999
Dear Dr. Holodniy,
1 year now. My viral load was < 40 for a long time. I got
a viral cold and my VL was 168. It was repeated 1 mos. later
and came back at 103 without any change in meds. Why would
the VL be < 40 for so long? and now lingering in the 100
range. If there was a mutation would'nt the VL consistently
go up rapidly? What would explain this? My T-cells are
around 700. Thanks.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
To answer your specific question, with resistance the viral load does go up fairly rapidly. You certainly would have seen it much higher on the second viral load. We certainly see blips with concurrent infections. I would not be too concerned yet. But a repeat soon would be in order.
Genotypic vs. Phenotypic resistance
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