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What If I Have High Viral Load And High Cd Counts Do I Need Meds

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No Meds, High CD4, Viral Load all over the place

Hi there,I've been HIV+ for about 5years now. I have a CD4 count constantly around the 470 mark, but my Viral Load is all over the place, ranging from 700,000 (the highest) to 42,000, and it seems to jump around all over the place between these two...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...I am not aware that weight has been correlated with viral load levels. Read more »

med-free high cd4 & low viral load

2 weeks ago I recieved my hiv+ diagnosis. Today I found out that my cd4 count is at 1040 and my... Read more »

my cd4 count and viral load

hi there i was infected 2 months ago and i have just got my cd4 and viral load can you tell me if... Read more »
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FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

... Viral Load Basics | Viral Load Test Results | Viral Load and HIV Treatment | Viral Load "Blips" | Viral Load and HIV Transmission Read more »
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FAQs About CD4 (T-Cell) Count From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...from? Are we born with all the CD4 cells we will ever have? Will a flu vaccination affect my CD4 count? Can you explain "viral load" and "CD4 cell count," and detail how they are measured? Why do CD4 counts rise after their initial... Read more »
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Viral Load Tests

... What Is Viral Load? How Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Read more »
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The Feminization of an Epidemic

...because of behavior modification. 9 HIV treatment also decreases a person's infectivity if he or she achieves undetectable viral loads. People who are diagnosed earlier also have a lower risk of progression to AIDS. Unfortunately, an... Read more »
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Posted by sbev1981, 2 Replies move. What this means is you will eventually take a test if you haven't already to see where your CD4 count is and your Viral Load is. To help you understand this better and quicker your CD4 is your body's army that fight off virus such as a... Read more »

CD4+Tcell count indicative of nothing.

Posted by TonyF, 4 Replies
...that our bi-yearly doctor checkup of our CD4+Tcell count is a good baseline determination of where we stand immunologically. High CD4+Tcell count means that our body is doing great, and we are very far from a point of immune failure. Well, a... Read more »


Posted by luckyone, 1 Reply
...diagnosed 4 weeks ago my cd4 is 471 thats ok my viral load is 65,700 thats high i believe still waiting on genotype to see if its resistant or sensitive,does anyone have any opinions on Read more »

Liver cancer, heart disease, counts, resistance

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...drug ineffective. Monitor your counts closely and ask your doctor for a resistance panel if your counts change for the worse. Viral load should decrease logarithmically to undectable over a six month period, if they don't the meds are likely not... Read more »