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Author Topic: Am new to the forum and newly diagonised and looking for support  (Read 133 times)

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Offline lioness

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Hey people, am new to this and looking for support. I got diagonised recently.
I did both rapid and 2 blood tests and they were positive. My CD4 count was 700 and Viral load undetectable. How possible is it to be undetectable yet not on drugs?
Thank you

Offline karry

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Re: Am new to the forum and newly diagonised and looking for support
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 07:02:08 PM »
Hello Lioness
Welcome to the forums.
Yes, its very possible to be undetectable and not on drugs. I was one of those people for a good over 5 years before my VL started gradually rising, and the max it ever got was about 200. My CD 4 has also been consistently high since diagnosis even without treatment.
I only recently went on treatment because I am pregnant, but once I have the baby I will see with my doctors if I should continue treatment or stop. Prior to treatment my cd4 was over 700 and my vl was just about 200. I was diagnosed in 2007.

I hope that answers your question.
Take it a day at a time....and be positive about it too!

Offline karry

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Re: Am new to the forum and newly diagonised and looking for support
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 07:06:45 PM »
Just to add that undetectable does not mean you dont have the virus...just means the diagnostic system used to quantify the virus in a precise quantity of your blood sample might have a lower sensitivity limit that's higher than the amount of copies of the virus in that quantity of your blood sample.
Take it a day at a time....and be positive about it too!

Offline PittGurl

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Re: Am new to the forum and newly diagonised and looking for support
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 08:36:35 PM »
 lioness - sorry to see you on here but at the same time, this forum prob saved my life from taking it myself....just knowing there are others like me here that I can send a question at any time and not feel judged. 
Infected between 5/16/15 - 7/19/15
8-2-15 Positive  CD4 286 VL 43800
9-3-15 Was supposed to start Triumeq and got scared :)
9-4-15 Started Triumeq thanks to the people on this board encouraging me
9-21-15 labs after 16 days on Triumeq CD4=570; VL 26!!!  HOLY COW it's working!
10-27-15 labs after 7 weeks, 4 days on Triumeq CD4=522; VL UNDETECTABLE!!!


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