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First labs & worried
Oct 12, 2007

My first lab results after recent diagnosis are CD4 696 (27%),VL 189,000. I'm really concerned about my VL & I've been told it's classed as very high. I was at risk of infection about 2.5yrs ago - does this correspond? I was also diagnosed with EBV & had glandular fever at some point in my life. I also have symptoms (tight chest,numbness & prickling in skin & face, headaches, tonsil still raised, body aches) I don't want to sound melodramatic but I'm very concerned - should I be? I've been told I still don't need medication yet.

Response from Dr. Conway

At this stage, I would probably just wait and have your viral load tested again in a month or so. It may be that it is still settling out to a lower set point that would be a better reflection of how your immune system will be ahndling the virus. You can certainly afford to wait a bit, given your high CD4 count. Theer si no urgency to this, so relax and wait for teh follow-up tests. If you end up going on treatment soon, be reassured by the fact that it will likely be quite simple and highly effective.

Severe Joint Pain
Doc, are my tests sufficient?

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