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Author Topic: ANYWAY OF KNOWING?  (Read 715 times)

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Offline UK_SL

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ANYWAY OF KNOWING?
« on: July 11, 2010, 03:11:53 PM »
Is there anyway of knowing how long you have had the virus before being diagnosed?

05/10/2009 ~ DIAGNOSED, CD4 = 8
22/10/2009 ~ CD4 = 11/VL = 430,000, STARTED ATRIPLA and SEPTRIN
26/11/2009 ~ CD4 = 121/VL = 840
22/12/2009 ~ CD4 = 184 (6%)/VL = 340
11/03/2010 ~ CD4 = 177 (12%)/VL = 72
01/07/2010 ~ CD4 = 247 (12%) VL = 76
20/01/2011 ~ CD4 = 350 / VL = 29

Offline newt

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Re: ANYWAY OF KNOWING?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 05:17:07 PM »
Ask your doctor for a test called STARHS or RITA. This is a special kind of viral load test, and can tell you if you acquired HIV in the last 6 months.

Your doctor can get this test free from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) HIV lab in Colindale (020 8200 4400).

That's about the limit of the medicine, other than a discussion with your doc about the likely time based on your CD4 count etc, but it's so variable how fast CD4s decline in different people this might not help that much.

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline tednlou2

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Re: ANYWAY OF KNOWING?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 10:33:18 PM »
I wondered the same thing after I was diagnosed.  My gut told me exactly when I was infected.  However, my doc kept saying I had to be recently infected due to my numbers.  I would tell him I am 95% sure it was August 2001 and he would say it had to be in the last year or so.  He actually made me angry.  I told him people keep good numbers for years. 

Anyway, it would be nice to know for sure by some test.  Unfortunately, that doesn't exist.  I have heard about that 6 month test, however.

Offline metekrop

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Re: ANYWAY OF KNOWING?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2010, 11:32:49 AM »
Don't think it is possible to know.  But you can estimate.  For me I think I was infected some seven or eight years ago before my first diagnosis in year December 2000. And in year 2009 I started meds.  Thankfully I am fine now. :D
Diag on Dec 8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
Dec/08 - Feb/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - July/09 CD 179, VL 197k
Oct/09 CD 300 VL UD Chol 267
Mar/10 CD 468 UD, Ch 220
Aug/10 CD 460 UD, Ch 195
Dec/10 CD 492 UD, Ch 172
Mar/11 CD 636 UD, Ch 201
Aug/11 CD 530 UD, Ch 98
Jan/12 cd 616 UD, ch 189
Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
Dec/12 CD 669 Ud, Ch 125
May/7 CD711 Ud, Ch?
Nov/ 22 663 UD, Ch,
April 17 CD 797, UD

 


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