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vl and cd 4 testing
Sep 3, 2004

My first test was back in april and my vl was 172,000 and cd4 685, then i took another test in july of this year my vl was 91,781 and cd4 was 685,I am going to have another set of testing done 1st week of september, now with the last test in july would i be soon considering starting treatment.

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Most current guidelines don't recommend starting HIV therapy if the CD4 count is > 350. A persistently high viral load (> 100000), symptoms, a pregnancy--there are situations where treatment is a good idea. If you were recently infected your viral load may be fluctuating quite a bit-it usually settles into somewhat of a set level (the viral "setpoint" after 6 months or so). KH



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