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Author Topic: My labs: some good news, and some not so good news  (Read 1287 times)

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Offline Nashvegas

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My labs: some good news, and some not so good news
« on: July 21, 2008, 04:38:31 PM »
I just got the word that I'm undetectable, just one short month after I started taking Truvada + Viramune as part of a clinical trial for extended-release Viramune.   That's the good news.  The bad news is that my CD4 count (which had risen from 166 to 272 after the first two weeks on the combo) actually dropped to 217 after four weeks of treatment.  I admit, however, that, immediately before my most recent labs were drawn, I spent 10 days on a booze-filled, workout-free, sleep-deprived Atlantis Cruise in Europe, so perhaps that has something to do with my CD4's going down a bit.   ;)  I'm just hoping that they'll be heading up in the right direction when I go back in in a couple of weeks.   ::)
8/12/06 - sero-conversion
9/14/06 -- Positive Test results confirmed
9/21/06 -- CD4 - 586; viral load 8,000; 29%
12/25/06 -- CD4 - 373; VL 2,800; 23%
2/10/07 - CD4 - 228; VL 865; 25%
3/15/07 -  CD4 - 365 (no viral load test)
5/1/07 = CD4 - 341; VL 4,358; 27%
8/1/07 - CD4 - 315; VL - 2,300; 25%
9/20/07 - CD4 - 378
11/22/07 - CD4 - 257; VL 7,300;
2/27/08 - CD4 231 (16.5 %), VL 5,960
5/20/08 - CD4 229 (18.3%), VL 11,100
6/17/08 - CD4 166 (14.5%), VL 9,030
6/17/08 - STARTED VIRAMUNE + TRUVADA
7/2/08 - CD4 272 (20%), VL 113  :-)
7/16/08 - CD4 -217 (21.1 %), VL - Undetectable
7/30/08 - CD4 - 220 (20.4%). VL - 92
8/14/08 - CD4 - 280 (22%) VL-undetectable
1/04/09 - CD4 - 250 (28%) VL-UD
5/15/09 - CD4 -393 (28%) VL-UD
8/15/09 - CD4-346, (26%) VL-UD
11/15/09 - CD4-373 (28%)

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: My labs: some good news, and some not so good news
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2008, 05:52:21 PM »
Congrats on the undetectable result. I wouldn't worry about the CD4 as it can vary quite a bit.

Offline Longislander

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Re: My labs: some good news, and some not so good news
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2008, 06:55:40 PM »
Congrats on the good news.  ;D

Paul

( and you're not supposed to work-out on the cruise!! )
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline Iggy

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Re: My labs: some good news, and some not so good news
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2008, 07:03:29 PM »
Just focused on the good news which is good indeed (congrats!)

I've been interested in your results as hopefully on the 30th I will start the same meds as part of the same study.

As for the bad, if you even want to call it that, I think you are probably right that it has more to do with  "10 days on a booze-filled, workout-free, sleep-deprived Atlantis Cruise" then any significant issue with you or the meds.

I am curious though what the research people said.  Again - not because there is anything to worry about, but as I am in the same study,. I'm curious as to how they discussed the numbers.

Offline Nashvegas

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Re: My labs: some good news, and some not so good news
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008, 07:35:32 PM »
Thanks for the comments, all. 

Iggy, the folks handling the study were very reassuring and said not to worry about the CD4 decline -- that the undetectable viral load was more important and that the CD4's have a tendency to jump around a bit.  So they were not concerned.  I hope you have the same easy sailing with this regimen that I've had so far.

8/12/06 - sero-conversion
9/14/06 -- Positive Test results confirmed
9/21/06 -- CD4 - 586; viral load 8,000; 29%
12/25/06 -- CD4 - 373; VL 2,800; 23%
2/10/07 - CD4 - 228; VL 865; 25%
3/15/07 -  CD4 - 365 (no viral load test)
5/1/07 = CD4 - 341; VL 4,358; 27%
8/1/07 - CD4 - 315; VL - 2,300; 25%
9/20/07 - CD4 - 378
11/22/07 - CD4 - 257; VL 7,300;
2/27/08 - CD4 231 (16.5 %), VL 5,960
5/20/08 - CD4 229 (18.3%), VL 11,100
6/17/08 - CD4 166 (14.5%), VL 9,030
6/17/08 - STARTED VIRAMUNE + TRUVADA
7/2/08 - CD4 272 (20%), VL 113  :-)
7/16/08 - CD4 -217 (21.1 %), VL - Undetectable
7/30/08 - CD4 - 220 (20.4%). VL - 92
8/14/08 - CD4 - 280 (22%) VL-undetectable
1/04/09 - CD4 - 250 (28%) VL-UD
5/15/09 - CD4 -393 (28%) VL-UD
8/15/09 - CD4-346, (26%) VL-UD
11/15/09 - CD4-373 (28%)

Offline loop78

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Re: My labs: some good news, and some not so good news
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2008, 08:11:13 PM »
Just wanted to add to what others have said that your percentage has increased a bit. That's a sign the slight decrease in absolute counts is nothing to worry about.

Grats on the undetectable!

 


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