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immunizations- Please help
Oct 11, 2006

I am newly diagnosed undetectable without meds cd4 750. My doctor suggested I have a hep a and hep b vaccine. will this effect my viral load? and if so will I resume my undetectable status? I don't want to aggravate this condition unnecessarily. thanks again

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

It is possible that hepatitis vaccinations (flu and Pneumovax as well) will increase your HIV plasma viral load; however, this increase is transient (weeks) and the benefit of being vaccinated far outweighs any even theoretical risk associated with a transient increase in viral load. I strongly suggest you proceed with your vaccinations as scheduled.

Good luck. Stay well. (The vaccinations will help you do just that!)

Dr. Bob



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