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Can You Still Get Sick With Undetectable Levels

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AIDS InfoNet

Drug Level Testing

...Level Testing? How Can TDM Help? Does TDM Work for All HIV Drugs? Difficulties With TDM When Can TDM Help? Future Directions What Is Drug Level Testing? It can be helpful to test a patient's blood to check the levels of a medication they are taking. Drug levels that are too high sometimes cause serious side effects. Levels that are too low might allow HIV to multiply and develop resistance. Testing drug levels is also called...
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A friend of mine is down to non-detectable levels; T-cells are still low. Why?

I am very concerned about my best friend. He tested positive for HIV in November of 2008; he was very sick, with something like 167,000 viral copies and T-cells in the single digits; he was put on Atripla immediately. His doctor just told him...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...107 demonstrates an excellent response to treatment. This is both virologic (HIV plasma viral load plummeting to undetectable levels) and immunologic (CD4 cell count dramatically rising from single digits to 107). This is a very significant and... Read more »

Undetectable but with high LDL levels

I have been undetectable for several year but during my last labs result, descovered that my LDL levels where sky-rocket. My previous labs overseas were normal but the one in the us not so much, I am also living at a high altitude level overseas....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Reason for high LDL levels needs to be evaluated (factors can include genetics, diet, and HIV drugs) so that treatment plan can be reasonably formulated. Read more »

Undetectable levels

I returned a HIV+ test when applying for an overseas residence visa. Turned out my CD count was down to 250 and viral load 37k. After 4 months on antivirals I was tested for reaction to drugs and my CD count is up to +500 and viral load undectable....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.The HIV tests detect your body's antibodies directed against HIV, not the virus itself nor your CD4 level. As such, once HIV infected, your HIV antibodies remain positive for life- having an undetectable viral load... Read more »

undetectable levels

Doctor I have a question regarding an HIV positive person. If a person is diagnosed HIV positive and then through medication achieves a zero viral load or their HIV is at an undetectable level, will such person still test positive when getting...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
In most cases, people with undetectable viral load on therapy will remain HIV antibody positive on routine testing.Best,Eric Read more »
The Body PRO

Session 84, Abstract 664: Therapy with d4T plus 3TC Produces Sustained Undetectable Levels of Plasma HIV RNA in Patients Treated with Reverse Transcriptase (RT) Inhibitors for 10 Years

In this small but long-term study, Balfour and colleagues at the University of Minnesota followed a cohort of 9 asymptomatic subjects since their enrollment into ACTG 019 in 1987. These subjects had data collected frequently for 10 years, during... Read more »
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Ezetimibe Lowers Cholesterol Levels

...when used with a common statin inhibitor (pravastatin, atorvastatin, or fluvastatin), for its ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels in people on stable HIV therapy. LDL is low density lipoprotein cholesterol, commonly referred to as bad... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Blog: Senate Letter Calls on Obama to Fund PEPFAR at Congressionally-Authorized Levels The post focuses on a letter to President Barack Obama (available on the blog), which asks for PEPFAR to be funded at the levels authorized by Congress. The Senate letter was "spearheaded by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Johnny... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Factors Associated with Mortality in HIV Type 1-Infected Adults Initiating Protease Inhibitor-Containing Therapy: Role of Education Level and of Early Transaminase Level Elevation

...occurrence of an AIDS-defining event, CD4 cell count, plasma HIV RNA level, hemoglobin level, elevation of hepatic transaminase levels, and change of PI. Clinical characteristics included a median age of 36 years, median baseline CD4 cell count... Read more »
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Why are my levels so low?

Posted by ch0182, 1 Reply 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... Read more »

Level of risk...ugh

Posted by funguynphx, 1 Reply
Familiar story. I had a little too much to drink two nights ago and had oral sex with a guy who's status I think is questionable at a pool party. He went down on me and I got off, but he did not.However, I am more worried about the small cut that I... Read more »

How To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity

Posted by DanielMark, 3 Replies
1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down. 2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice. 3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they... Read more »


Posted by Survivor, 6 Replies
Lets recap the life and times of William and Eric Shall we? April 2005 - Will's Mom goes in for tripple by-pass - Still in recovery from this to this day. September 2005 - Eric's best friend is taken by ALS. September 2005 - Eric has annual check... Read more »