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First Results After Treatment
May 14, 2005

Hello I started on Sustiva, Lamivudine and Tenofovir on 25 March this year, with CD4 232 and VL 172,000. Treatment going very well with no unpleasant side effects at all. I had bloods taken on 7 April and received the results last week - CD4 334, VL 1470. Is it normal to get such dramatic results in such a short space of time, and how realistic is it to expect my next set of results to show a similar trend?

Response from Dr. Henry

Your excellent initial response is fairly typical for patients who are faithfully taking a potent regimen such as yours. I would expect the trend to continue the rate of improvement often slows down after several months. It often can take 6 months or so for the viral load to reach the detection limit (< 50 copies/ml) when starting at > 100,000 copies). KH

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