Viral Blip, or resistance?
Mar 26, 2002
I had attained an undetectable viral load for the past two years and CD-4 cells crept up to 515 as of December of last year. My CD-4 percentage has never gotten above 16, but my doctor doesn't seem alarmed by that number. I am on Combivir and Sustiva, which I take religiously. Recently, while I was being screened for a trial at NIH, my viral load was detectable at 390, and my CD-4 count dropped to 465, and my CD-4 dropped to 13. Could this just be a blip? Also, I found out that I was exposed to Fifth Disease by my sister-in-law and niece, prior to the NIH tests. Could that exposure have triggered the crummy labs? And what about that Cd-4 ? Should I be more assertive with my doctor at getting those numbers higher? If this is resistance, what are my treatment options?
(I tried the drug resistance forum, but Dr. Little hasn't responded to anything for a couple of weeks, so I think she must be away).
Response from Dr. Boyle
It may very well be a blip and it should be rechecked. As far as your CD4 count, there are limited options for further improvemnt (other than perhaps IL-2) and I would focus on keeping the viral load undetectable. Full recovery can take some time, if it happens at all. Other infections can cause viral load increases and CD4 declines, so both should be rechecked before making any treatment decisions.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- If I Have Itchy Skin Do I Have Hiv?
- Currently It Is Estimated That The Longest Time Between Hiv Infection And Onset Of Symptoms Is About How Many Years
- Hiv Transmission Mucous Membranes
- What Can Be Done For Neuropathy?
- Will Doctor Prescribe Pain Meds For Hep C Symptoms?
- How Will The Doctor Contact Me If I Test Positive For Hiv?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.