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Author Topic: Question about lab results  (Read 1678 times)

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Offline blackbeauty40

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Question about lab results
« on: July 08, 2023, 07:06:12 pm »
My doctor just called me with my latest lab results. My viral load is low but has doubled from 400 to 850 over the past six months and has been continuing to increase. My cd4 is a little lower 486 to 400 since last tested and is on a downward trend based on previous labs; however, my percentage is stable at 30%. I know my numbers are going in the wrong direction, but was just curious as to why my numbers are changing but the % is remaining steady. Is this something that's normal?

Offline LeftyBowler300

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Re: Question about lab results
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2023, 01:56:08 am »
Id say a VL anywhere above undetectable levels is not normal. With your current VL, its almost high enough to where they can do a genotype test to see if your virus has developed resistance to your current medication. Your CD4 count is plenty as long as your doc corrects your VL direction. Hows your adherence to meds? Any missed doses?
Apr 1, 2017 DX - CD4 8 , VL 820,000
OI's: Disseminated Histoplasmosis, Thrush, PCP
Apr 17, 2017 started Genvoya, Bactrim, Sporanox, Azitrhomycin
Jun 9, 2017 - CD4 42 (3%) , VL 100
Jul 17, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 53
Sep 16, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 130 - Ugh..
Oct 20, 2017 - CD4 63 (5%) , VL 100
Dec 1, 2017 - CD4 56 (3%) , VL <20
Mar 15, 2018 - CD4 73 (5%) , VL <20
Nov 5, 2018 - CD4 104 (7%), UD
Jan 26, 2019 diagnosed with HIV-associated DLBCL (lympoma) with 6cm mass near liver w/ abdominal fatty tissue involvement
6 rounds of RR-EPOCH
2 rounds of high dose methotrexate
(8 rounds of IV chemo total)
11 Lumbar punctures with intrathecal chemo
June 5, 2019 - Complete Response/Remission
Feb 20, 2020 - CD4 187, VL UD
Aug 2020 - CD4 247, VL UD
Stopped all prophylaxis
June 2021 - 2 years remission


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