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New Diagnosis Started Atripla- What is the expected rise in CD4 count?

Posted by live_life80, 4 Replies
Hey everyone,

I am new to the boards and being HIV positive. I will tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 25 year old gay male and was infected about 9 months ago and diagnosed 3 months ago. I feel lucky that I caught it so soon, but it has been... Read more »

Update to 10 month old post - Atripla

Posted by teacherman99, 1 Reply
After strong-arming one doctor with a quick switch to the one who provided a very good examination for my partner back in November, he started Atripla about a week prior to Thanksgiving '06. It was a little rough there for a couple of weeks, but... Read more »

1st Month With Atripla

Posted by wonderboy21, 3 Replies
1st Month with atripla and everything is going just fine. i love my get well pill as my best friend puts it. I Have Had NO SIDE EFFECTS AT ALL.. i was looking forward to those crazy dreams everyone was talking about but nope not for me. so if anyone... Read more »

HIV Positive -What to Expect?

Posted by DC_Diver, 4 Replies
Hey all newbie here, need some advice. My partner found out he was HIV+ about a year ago (Im HIV- to date). He went on Atripla right away, but other than that, we haven't really "dealt" with this new reality at all. We dont speak about it much... Read more »

Starting Atripla tonight.

Posted by joseph30, 3 Replies
Tested positive in May, 3 short months later I am starting meds.
My CD4 count was over 400 and my viral load was 27000.
Im a lil nervous.
Not sure what to expect. i hope it goes well though.
I have a question, everyone says to "take care of yourself"... Read more »
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How fast can l expect my CD4 count to rise with Atripla?

Hello,I just started on Atripla two nights ago with CD4 count of 219 and VL 5,367. I have never been on any other treatment before and never have had an opportunistic disease. I was diagnosed 10 years ago but was doing alright and slowly started to...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.You raise a few important questions. First, provided that you're tolerating your medications prior to your planned trip, I wouldn't expect any new side effects or toxicity during the travels. Also of note,... Read more »

CD4 after 4 months on Atripla

Typically, what should one expect to see in the CD4 numbers after beeing on medication for 4 months? I started on Atripla in July when my CD4 dropped to 150 and VL increased to 120,000. This was the first time ever on medicaiton after testing...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Typically CD4 cells will increase by approximately 100 cells during the first 3-6 months and then gradually increase during the years that follow. This is extremely variable from person to person. Nevertheless, the most important thing when first... Read more »

Results and expectations

I was diagnosed in Feb 2008 with AIDS and PCP. After two months of taking Atripla my vl is 40 and CD4 count is at 177 (up from 41 when I started). The CD4%, however,is at 4%. Should I be alarmed at the low CD4%? My ID specialist didn't even...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.I seems to me that you've had a very nice initial response to treatment; your low CD4 percentage isn't inconsistent with having been quite ill when medications were started. My guess is that your initial percentage... Read more »

How much can I expect my CD4 count to rise?

Hi there, I started Atripla in July last year and 1 week later my CD4 count had gone from 230 to 430, & my viral load was undetectable. It has been 9 months now since I began the therapy and my counts are much the same. My question is, can I...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Great question.There are several factors that determine how high the CD4 count will go:1) The most important is that the viral laod be undetectable at all measurements (blips...one time low level measures may not count).2) The level of the CD4 count... Read more »
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