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Viral Load and CD4 count Levels

My girlfriend and I tested HIV +ve on August 31, 2007. That same day the took blood Sample for HIV monitoring. Her CD4 count was 119 and her Viral Load <25 copies /ml, Undectable. Myself i did CD4 count test only and the result were 404. She has ha...

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Toxoplasmosis with CD4 count of 340 and Undetectable VL?

I was recently released from the hospital and am being treated for toxoplasmsosis. I am HIV-positive, but I have a CD4 count of 340, and my viral load has been undetectable for several years. I just ask, how could this happen? I've done everything ri...

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oral candidiasis=drug resistance?

Dear Doc, I am on HAART treatment for almost 2 years now taking both combivir and stocrin,1st line treatment.My last cd4 count was 553 in June this year .3 months before June was 365.Few days ago , I've found some white spots behind my tongue.Is this...

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When to start medication

My wife and I recently went for an HIV test and we both tested positive. My viral load is 570,000 and CD4 count is 650 and my wife's viral load is 37,000 and CD4 count of 500. We dont quite understand what these results imply to us. I have a very hg...

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High Viral Load..

Diagnosed poz 6/4 of this year. No symptoms - appeared as part of my annual physical/blood work. Follow up tests showed CD4 at 298/20%. Viral load was a whopping 262,000. Last HIV test was Nov '05....the hiv specialist and I have agreed to wait the ...

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Will a blip in viral load cause a drop in CD4??

My question is "Will a blip in viral load cause a drop in CD4"? My husband diagnosed aids 2 years ago with CD4 only 2. He took almost 2 years for the CD4 to increase till 222. One week after starting HAART, his viral load dropped to 147 only, after...

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1/2 Truvada dose

I'm a woman over 50 on sustiva and truvada for over two years with good results. Now my dr. says she's concerned about my kidneys and that I might consider taking truvada every other day. She says it's my decision so I'm trying to do as much research...

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Superinfection

I read Dr. Sherer's response to this question: "the important take home point for people living with HIV is that you can be superinfected with a different strain of HIV, and there are cases documented in which a persons stable clinical course was dis...

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Viral Replication

I am confused about viral replication. The current antiretiroviral drugs prevent replication. However, when the meds are stopped is the virus still present in the infected cell and able to start replicating again?

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I cant believe I forgot my Atripla

I have been taking Atripla since early April of this year as a first line of meds/treatment (meaning just diagnosed and placed on meds). The results have been astonishing. My T cells shot up over 218 from the original, very low number, however two ni...