I have been positive for 2 years now. After the inital spike of viral load during seroconversion, my viral was at 428. It has increased slowly over the last 2 years and is now at 25,200. My Tcells have generally hovered in the 400's (high of 509, low of 298). I have a preinfection history of low white blood counts.
I have never been on meds. Is this considered a slow, or normal progression? I suspect at this rate Meds will start in another year or so?
In natural history studies done many years ago, people not on meds in general lost about 50 CD4 cells a year. In most cases we speak of those folks who are nonprogressors as those with stable, high CD4 counts and percentages, and viral loads that are undetectable or usually below 500. Slow progression in the absence of meds is more of a gestalt thing. Another number to follow is the CD4 percent, which is a more stable number over time. The absolute CD4 count will fluctuate more. So it is possible that your percent is stable while your absolute number is jumping around and therefore there has been no change at all.