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Author Topic: Quick Question on my new lab results  (Read 3274 times)

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Offline brooklynpoz

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Quick Question on my new lab results
« on: July 14, 2008, 01:56:35 PM »
Hi Everyone :)

I just have a quick question on my recent lab results.
I've been undetectable for several years now ( thank goodness) and the lab result
was always written as <50.
Today, they were <48. My doctor said there is a fairly newer ultra sensitive test for the viral load.
Has anyone heard of this? Or is this just a newer guideline, etc.

Thank y for taking the time to read this.
Be Well  :)
 
Diagnosed, Monday,  8/9/2004, 1ST year was ruff , now I am well adjusted .
Current Med's ; Kaletra & Truvada
Undetecable,<48 ,  531 tcells, 21%
Keeping the faith, that they will get a cure in our lifetime.
LIVE , LOVE , LAUGH

Offline BT65

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008, 02:00:00 PM »
Brooklynpoz,

I've heard of this, but I don't really know much about it.

I was wondering why you posted this in the Long Term Survivors forum, being you were only diagnosed in 2004?  It probably should have gone in Living With.  Just sayin'.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline brooklynpoz

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2008, 02:08:22 PM »
Hi Bettytacy,

I wasn't sure where to post my question. I thought perhaps " long term survivors" may have members with a little more insight in regards to my question. I apologize to the site, if I posted in the incorrect forum.
Diagnosed, Monday,  8/9/2004, 1ST year was ruff , now I am well adjusted .
Current Med's ; Kaletra & Truvada
Undetecable,<48 ,  531 tcells, 21%
Keeping the faith, that they will get a cure in our lifetime.
LIVE , LOVE , LAUGH

Offline dixieman

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2008, 02:55:31 PM »
Well to answer you honestly... I never heard of the breakdown for viral load as this <48.... I've always recieved <50... meaning non-detectable... Why not sit down and ask your doctor about this new calibration of your viral load... and then let us know what he says... it would be interesting to hear his answer to this question... John

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2008, 05:07:22 PM »
BrooklynPoz (I'm in Brooklyn and POZ too!):

My VL test has been showing the same thing since December.  I've been told the test is slightly more sensitive now, that's all.

Offline brooklynpoz

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2008, 07:00:28 PM »
Thank you dixieman and Mr. Peter Staley for both your replies.

Wow , Mr. Staley,you're in Brooklyn too.... I have a neighbor,, makes me feel good :)
 I will tell you,
your site, this community here, and of course yourself are all blessings.
Diagnosed, Monday,  8/9/2004, 1ST year was ruff , now I am well adjusted .
Current Med's ; Kaletra & Truvada
Undetecable,<48 ,  531 tcells, 21%
Keeping the faith, that they will get a cure in our lifetime.
LIVE , LOVE , LAUGH

Offline redhotmuslbear

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2008, 09:18:33 PM »
My VL test has been showing the same thing since December.  I've been told the test is slightly more sensitive now, that's all.


Indeed, my labs in February and June had a level of detection of 48, too.  The named assay is different from the October labs with a threshold of 50. 

I don't know which amuses me more--that my doc orders the ultra-sensitive in the event I beat the bugs under 400 on my own or that my insurance carrier sends me information every month and calls me every other month about the importance of starting antiretroviral therapy!

Namaste,
David
"The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do." - BF Skinner
12-31-09   222wks VL  2430 CD4 690 (37%)
09-30-09   208wks VL  2050  CD4 925 (42%)
06-25-08   143wks VL  1359  CD4 668 (32%)  CD8 885
02-11-08   123wks off meds:  VL 1364 CD4 892(40%/0.99 ratio)
10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

One copy of delta-32 for f*****d up CCR5 receptors, and an HLA B44+ allele for "CD8-mediated immunity"... beteer than winning Powerball, almost!

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2008, 08:03:22 PM »
Hey,

My new "magic number" is also <48

(but I wouldn't have freaked out if it had been 49)   ;)

I also was told it's just slightly "more sensitive" now.  (I just wish everyONE at the clinic was "slightly more sensitive"!)

hugs,

Alan
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2008, 09:46:02 PM »
Same here. My latest labs had me as <48.

My doc hadn't paid much attention until I pointed it out.
HUGS,

Mark
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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline dixieman

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Re: Quick Question on my new lab results
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2008, 10:37:14 AM »
Wow! its a small world... my dad was from Brooklyn NY... and my ex resides in Brooklyn... I've been there but, I prefer the warmer climate of the south... have a great day! John

 


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