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VIRAL LOAD ZERO WITHOUT TREATMENT??
Jun 8, 2007

Dear doctors

Thanks for your work for all of us. In June 2006 i was diagnosed with HIV, my viral load was 100,00 my CD4 was 14. I also had a chronical hepatitisi caused by a very strange typhoidea, I did not make any symtom, fever, dhiarrea, etc... but after 3 bllod transfusions my viral load was ZERO in September. I started my treatment in December but my viral load results are not ready yet. I receive free treatment in my country Peru. I'm sitl taking my treatment as usual, there is any logical explanation for my viral load results on September???

Thank you Kusi Amankay

Response from Dr. Daar

It would be unusual to go from a viral load of 100,000 to undetectable without therapy. An exception might be in those rare individuals with primary (new) infection who establish great control without treatment. I suspect a more likely explanation is lab error in September. It will be interesting to see what your results are with the next test. If they are still undetectable we might not have a great explanation for the September results, but it would be good news. Best, Eric


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