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Author Topic: todays blood draw  (Read 1082 times)

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Offline tommy246

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todays blood draw
« on: July 22, 2009, 09:21:34 AM »
today was my third blood teast since my diagnosis(neg jan 06) dec 08  cd4  535  vl 1600  % 16,  april09 cd4  635 vl 60,000 % 16.5 ,today cd4 545 ,vl 80,000, % 17. Today i saw a different doctor and she said if my viral load rises again i will need to start meds , i did have a bad dose of bronchitis and sininsitis which needed 2 weeks of antibiotics which i finished 2 weeks before my blood draw could this be responsible for the rise in viral load.
jan 06 neg
dec 08 pos cd4 505 ,16%, 1,500vl
april 09 cd4 635 ,16%,60,000
july 09 ,cd4 545,17%,80,000
aug 09,hosptal 18days pneumonia cd190,225,000,15%
1 week later cd4 415 20%
nov 09 cd4 591 ,vl 59,000,14%,started atripla
dec 09  cd4 787, vl 266, 16%
march 2010  cd4 720 vl non detectable -20  20%
june 2010  cd4  680, 21%, ND

Offline physicsguy

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Re: todays blood draw
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009, 09:36:08 AM »
It's possible - it takes about 4-6 weeks for things to return to normal after having some sort of significant immune response. Don't read too much into a single number - both CD4+ counts and viral load counts are going to fluctuate around some slowly-varying average.  If the "slowly-varying average" starts being not-so-sudden, then it's time to start thinking about how to rectify that issue.

It sounds like that's the approach your doctor is taking (although I personally would be more conservative since your CD4 count looks fine).

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Re: todays blood draw
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2009, 01:40:19 PM »
  i did have a bad dose of bronchitis and sininsitis which needed 2 weeks of antibiotics which i finished 2 weeks before my blood draw could this be responsible for the rise in viral load.

As an aside: I recommend that you take probiotics ("good" bacteria) in order to re-build them in your gut, since they were all killed after the antiibiotics. This can avoid all sorts of problems such as fungal infections that can occur when one has low levels of good bacteria.

There are all sorts of yogurt products on the market now that include probiotics, such as Activia, you can also buy them in capsule form.

Offline tommy246

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Re: todays blood draw
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2009, 05:35:15 AM »
In the usa what is considered a high viral load ie high enough to warrant taking meds even if you have a good cd4 count ?
jan 06 neg
dec 08 pos cd4 505 ,16%, 1,500vl
april 09 cd4 635 ,16%,60,000
july 09 ,cd4 545,17%,80,000
aug 09,hosptal 18days pneumonia cd190,225,000,15%
1 week later cd4 415 20%
nov 09 cd4 591 ,vl 59,000,14%,started atripla
dec 09  cd4 787, vl 266, 16%
march 2010  cd4 720 vl non detectable -20  20%
june 2010  cd4  680, 21%, ND

Offline physicsguy

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Re: todays blood draw
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2009, 03:32:27 PM »
There actually isn't a CDC recommendation regarding treatment and viral load.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2009, 03:34:01 PM by physicsguy »

 


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