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ch0182
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Why are my levels so low?
      #249651 - 03/05/10 03:56 PM

Looking for some insight....I was diagnosed a month ago after finding out that my girlfriend tested positive for HIV. The way we found out is because we are expecting a child. It came as a huge surprise to both of us because we are both straight, never used drugs and have not been with that many people. We were able to track it down to coming from her after we contacted previous partners and she found out that her last boyfriend tested positive. I had been tested about 9 months before we met and results were negative. So we did plenty of research and have stayed positive through the testing. She got her lab results first, I had to wait 3 weeks because I just started a new job and my benefits had not kicked in yet. Her levels were CD4 - 467 Viral Load 18752. Because of her being pregnant, she started on meds right away. Now this is what concerns me, when my levels were checked I came back with a CD4 count of 167 and a viral load of 221526!!!! This made no sense to me because I thought that if I contracted it from her then my levels should of been much higher. I have never shown any symptoms of HIV other than the initial infection a couple months after meeting her. I am very confused and a little scared about this and was looking for some advice.

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snake
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Re: Why are my levels so low? new
      #249652 - 03/05/10 05:09 PM

Don't panic, im not HIV positive yet, and i just had a T lymphocyte cell count and my cd4 was only 410, way much lower than your girl, and i have every possible symptom you can imagine, and i am not even positive, yet. Maybe when you start taking your meds your cd4 will go up. Good luck!!!

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Jackie__Blue
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Re: Why are my levels so low? new
      #249655 - 03/05/10 06:57 PM

"Don't panic, im not HIV positive yet..." nor will you become so. You have tested negative. Go back to the "Am I Infected" forum. People here are looking for insight from people that understand what they are going through and already have had to deal with the issues that concern them. Your answer totally overlooked the fact the poster was not concerned about his girlfriends counts. Without medication those counts are not so bad. His concern is his own counts.

cho182

There could be several reasons for this to happen. One possible reason is that your infection is much more recent than you believe. It is not unusual for one partner to remain negative or become infected at a later time. The CDC estimates the risk of acquiring HIV from unprotected vaginal sex with a woman that has HIV at 5 in 10,000. So it's possible your infection is very recent.

Many times when people are in the early stages of infection, HIV replicates like crazy causing the Viral load to shot up and CD4's to plumment. After this initial activity things calm down and the viral load drops and the CD4's rise some. This is known as the set point and it can be used as a piece of information on how HIV may progress.

CD4's are variable. I've seen mine jump 300 points in 3 months, I've seen them drop also only to have them come back up.

Because your CD4 count is under 200 you are considered to have AIDS. Just remember that is just a term used to aid reporting statistics to the CDC. It doesn't mean you won't get your Viral Load to undetectable and your CD4's up.



Edited by Esmerelda (03/05/10 07:10 PM)

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themushroom
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Re: Why are my levels so low? new
      #249680 - 03/08/10 11:49 AM

I agree with Esmerelda you where probably much more recently infected when you get the acute infection your immune system has no idea what it is fighting yet so your CD4s can get very depleated untill you bounce back and your immune system can (temporarly) fight off the virus. I will bet your CD4s will climb back to a much higher level whitin a few months if not you just might be one of the people who need to start meds sooner then later you need to find a speacialist to help you find a course of action it is my understanding that the better and and more experianced DRs can make life much easier for you hope you and your girlfriend are feeling better and try not to look at fault in the matter that just wont help either of you

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Re: Why are my levels so low? new
      #259622 - 12/26/11 08:40 PM

I have not tested positive yet but have had every symptom in the book. I took fourth generation ELISA at 10 months and negative. WB at 10 months and negative. RNA qualitative PCR at 11 months and undetectable. My CD4 count at 11 months was 728. I suspect that the virus mutated or recombined once it entered my body and it is not being picked up by testing or could be strain N or P. Does anyone have any suggestions what I can do to test positive so that I can get treatment. Doctors are not willing to treat me until I test positive and I feel that I am losing precious time. Any suggestions??

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