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Re: cd4 or viral load
      04/16/05 04:54 PM

Is your physician a HIV specialist?
It is very important that you get your virus undetectable.
This can be done with the right combination of medications. Usually when your viral load goes down your cd4 count will improve.
You should understand how the two are related in terms of your overall health. cd4 below 200 is not comfortable. Strive for undetectable viral load and high cd4 count. When you do start meds and the right ones - be diligent and careful not to miss any.
Is it possible that you get with a specialist and stay with that Dr. once you are comfortable with them?
If you are using a clinc be very proactive with your care. Ask specific questions and write down the answers. Then research the accuracy of what you have been told.
There are varying opinions about viral loads and tcell counts and when to start meds...and many times those opinions are expressed by the healthcare providers in ways that are easily misinterpreted by their patients. My opinion after 13 years of infection, trial and error, 9 physicians, a bazillion pills, drug holidays,drug resistance, high cd4 count, low viral loads, genotype, phenotype, that an undetectable virus is the best kind (not just low) and high cd4 count in relation to that is optimal.
Best of luck to you - you sound as though you are on the right path and early enough to being informed and staying

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* cd4 or viral load Lilly 04/15/05 03:56 AM
. * Re: cd4 or viral load Tscotty   04/16/05 04:54 PM
. * Re: cd4 or viral load debtex   04/18/05 07:17 PM
. * Re: cd4 or viral load stefsorg   04/15/05 03:15 PM
. * Re: cd4 or viral load debtex   04/15/05 06:38 PM
. * Re: cd4 or viral load Lilly   04/16/05 04:29 AM
. * Re: cd4 or viral load Foster   04/17/05 08:13 AM

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