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Offline Optimistic

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Lab Results
« on: February 28, 2007, 06:17:58 PM »
I'm kinda frustrated about my lab results, but at the same time I shouldn't be complaining.  I started meds almost 16 weeks now. It worries me why my cd4 are not going up faster and why am I still not at undetectable yet?  I was hoping for slightly better results this time.  The doc told me it's normal...as long as I am seeing my cd4/% increase and vl decrease, it's a good sign and the meds are working.  He also told me that it takes time for cd4 to go up.  I guess i'm just very impatient. 

Last Lab was at the end of January 2007:
cd4 - 260
cd% - 33%
vl - 169

New Lab results 2/28/07:
cd4 - 267
cd% - 38.1%
vl - 132


Justin
 
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

Offline Longislander

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2007, 06:29:22 PM »
it may be slower than you want, but all show definite improvement, especially the %. I don't think I would worry about it so much either, but I'm not in your place yet. Good luck with it all~
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 aupointillimite

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2007, 06:33:49 PM »
Dude... your percentage increase rocks the party that rocks the party!
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2007, 06:35:31 PM »
Don't complain.  They're going in the right direction. 

As far as VL there was a time when the measurement was <400 = undetectable, so by that older definition you are indeed undetectable :)  Plus your % is quite good, and went up quite significantly, and is much more important marker these days than a cd4 count.
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Offline marc11864

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2007, 06:36:10 PM »
Out of curiosity, what meds are you taking?
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2007, 06:36:27 PM »
38.1% and you're impatient for an improvement? Sweetpea, as far as I understand 38.1% is within the normal range. You can't get much improvement on that.

Well done on the numbers!

MtD
(Who, at 10%, is insanely jealous) ;)

Offline Optimistic

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2007, 07:18:54 PM »
Thanks for the responses and you guys are right, I shouldn't be complaining.....I do understand that by the old standard, <400 is undetectable....but I was hoping that I would have achieved undetectable vl according to the new standards by now.

marc11864 - I am currently taking Atripla.

Justin
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

Offline koi1

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2007, 08:40:30 PM »
Your percentage is grrrrrrrreat!!! And the trend is good. I am now on Atripla and hope to continue with the "trend."

rob
diagnosed on 11/20/06 viral load 23,000  cd4 97    8%
01/04/07 six weeks after diagnosis vl 53,000 cd4 cd4 70    6%
Began sustiva truvada 01/04/07
newest labs  drawn on 01/15/07  vl 1,100    cd4 119    7%
Drawn 02/10/07
cd4=160 viral load= 131 percentage= 8%
New labs 3/10/07 (two months on sustiva truvada
cd4 count 292  percentage 14 viral load undetectable

Offline Ihavehope

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2007, 09:22:21 PM »
Hey Opti

Nice numbers. I agree with the rest of the gals, your numbers are going the right direction. From my understanding it can take months before someone can reach undetecable viral loads. My first ID doctor also told me that it can take me many years a really high number. Some people go up very quickly some take longer. You'll do fine cutie.

AL
Infected: April 2005
12/6/06 - Diagnosed HIV positive
12/19/06 - CD4 = 240  22% VL = 26,300
1/4/07 - CD4 = 200 16% VL = ?
2/9/07 = Started Kaletra/Truvada
3/13/07 = CD4 = 386 22% VL ?

Offline Sky

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2007, 11:55:12 PM »
You shouldn't worry Justin, you're numbers are great!  All went up and your % is above the normal range which is what counts the most!
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Offline Life

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2007, 12:07:07 AM »
Justin, Im just going to spank you...

Offline Esquare

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2007, 12:20:13 AM »
Your numbers are looking great. The percentage is wonderful. Hopefully you are undetectable on the next labs.

Offline Optimistic

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2007, 12:49:16 AM »
Justin, Im just going to spank you...

When??  ;D :D ;) :)

Justin
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

Offline Robert

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2007, 12:52:52 AM »
Hey Justin

There is only 1 month difference between these readings so you can't really expect much of an increase.  And it's only been 4 months that you've been on meds.  It's still might be too soon. I'm curious, what were your numbers when you started?  If your t-cells were low, they take longer to respond.

What the others have said, though, that your percentages are good, they're right on.

robert
..........

Offline Optimistic

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Re: Lab Results
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2007, 12:58:00 AM »
Hey Justin

There is only 1 month difference between these readings so you can't really expect much of an increase.  And it's only been 4 months that you've been on meds.  It's still might be too soon. I'm curious, what were your numbers when you started?  If your t-cells were low, they take longer to respond.

What the others have said, though, that your percentages are good, they're right on.

robert

Hi Robert, before I started meds, my cd4 was in the 240s....cd% was lingering around 29%-30%....vl 34,000.

Justin
12/06 (Atripla): cd4 - 260; cd% - 33%; vl - 169
1/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 267; cd% - 38.1%; vl - 132
4/07 (Atripla): cd4 - 373; cd% - 33.9%; vl - <50
7/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 287; cd% - 35.8%; vl - <50
9/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 356; cd% - 39.5%; vl - <50
12/07 (Atripla); cd4 - 517

 


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