|will i stay healthy
Jul 24, 2006
i just wanted to ask how long will my immune system keep getting higher when i was first diagnosed it was at 700 which was in oct of 2005 it s now at 1124 and everytime i go it is better i am on a regimen of sustiva and combivir my viral load has been undectectable for awhile will it stay like this or will it start going down
| Response from Dr. Henry
Persons who have fully suppressed HIV replication (undetectable levels ) without any resistance and who are taking an effective HIV regimen such as yours appear to have a very good long term prognosis HIV-wise. The failure rate for patients who continue to maintain high level adherence appears very low (? < 5%) so the long term prediction (10 years plus) to maintain viral control and good CD4 counts is favorable. Some studies have indicated that the CD4 count increases often plateau (level -off ) after 5 years but remain stable though there is a wide variation on that from patient to patient. KH
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