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Jun 22, 2007

I had pneumonia in February 2007 (hospitalized 14 days) and was diagnosed with HIV (CD4: 40 Viral Load 360,000). I am doing "ok" now other than just feeling tired a lot. Three months later (May), CD4 count is 106 and viral load is 1,000. I am taking Atripla. I am 37 years. If my viral load continues to drop, but my CD4 count does not dramatically increase, can I assume reasonably that I am "doing better"? I ask this because I seem to be constantly paranoid about getting pneumonia again.. or something else. Thank you for you opinion.

Response from Dr. Daar

Thank you for your post.

It sounds like you are off to a good start. As you suggest, the main thing at this point is to get your viral load to undetectable. As long as that happens and you take your medications consistently you should do very well. It will be months before you will have a good idea as to where your CD4 cells will level off. As long as you work closely with an expert provider you should do great!!

Best, Eric

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