Atripla and VL
Aug 17, 2011
I hope this finds you in good health and thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I have been HIV+ for 13 years started on atripla one year ago. My results for june, 2011 were as follow: VL undedectable lower than 20, CD% 20.8 and CD4 416. my most recent results in Aug, 2011 are as follow: VL 100, CD% 24.9 and CD4 390. should I bee concerned about the increase in VL from 20 to 100 and decrease in CD4 to 390. I have alwayes taken Atripla every night at the same time, never missed it. could I have built resistance to Atripla?
Response from Dr. Henry
A viral load of 100 copies/ml likely is what is termed a "viral blip" -likely has no clinical significance and is a well characterized phenomenon. In majority of cases the next viral load -in the setting of good adherence to Atripla--would be less than the detection level. If level increases to > 200-500 then there would be concern about development of resistance with assessment/genotypic resistance testing/consideration of change in regimen. The CD4 count has considerable variability so long term trend is what matters though anxiety typically occurs when the level bounces down. KH
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