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Author Topic: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?  (Read 1893 times)

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Offline dallas nk

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Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:32:29 pm »
I just got my labs back for this quarter and am awaiting an appt with my ID. It shows that my viral load is 160! I’ve never had a blip of this magnitude. 3 months ago my VL was less than 40 I believe. I’ve been on Biktarvy for about 6 months. Switched from Triumeq. Should I be concerned that my load was not undetectable? To go from less than 40 to 160 is making me a tad worried...
09/20/2016-diagnosed cd4 41 cd%5.8 VL 34990
11/2016-post-poned treatment while awaiting to qualify for ARV study- cd4 29 cd%? VL?
12/2016-started treatment (Triumeq) this late because found out didn't qualify for research study
1/24/2017- cd4 233 cd%15 VL<40
4/27/2017 cd4 206 cd%18 VL <40
07/24/2017 cd4 227 cd%20.6 VL <40
10/31/2017 cd4 191 cd%23.9 VL 70
12/7/2017 cd4 248 cd%22.5 VL <40
1/30/2018 cd4 220 cd%27.5 VL <40
4/17/2018 cd4 295 cd%29.5 VL <40
8/9/2018 cd4 310 cd%31 VL <40
11/15/2018 cd4 293 cd%32.6 VL <40
02/12/2019 cd4 347 cd%31.5 VL <40
10/09/2019 cd4 380 cd%31.7 VL<40
01/30/2020 cd4 337 cd%37.4 VL 70(started Biktarvy)
06/05/2020 cd4 306 cd%38.3 VL 20
07/31/2020 cd4 235 cd%39.2 VL 20
08/28/2020 cd4 248 cd%31 VL <40
12/02/2020 cd4 329 cd%36.5 VL 160

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2020, 01:39:18 pm »
Hiya.

It's a single snapshot moment and only a blip of 160.

If it had been my own results I would not be stressing about it. I might speak to the Doctor and see about redoing the VL in a few weeks to see if the blip was a once-off.

Best, Jim 
« Last Edit: December 09, 2020, 01:54:35 pm by Jim Allen »
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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2020, 01:40:33 pm »
Oh, BTW did the headaches subside?

Have you spoken to your doctor about this recent blip, if so what did they say?

Jim
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Offline dallas nk

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2020, 10:57:07 pm »
Thanks Jim. No. Headaches still come and go. Confirmed it’s not neurological or Opthamological though. They’re saying it’s probably due to inflammation from the virus but i don’t know. I haven’t talked to my doctor yet. Went in only to do labs last week got results posted in online portal today. I’m scheduled to see her tomorrow via television. I know she’ll discuss with me then. Anxious to see what she says lol.
09/20/2016-diagnosed cd4 41 cd%5.8 VL 34990
11/2016-post-poned treatment while awaiting to qualify for ARV study- cd4 29 cd%? VL?
12/2016-started treatment (Triumeq) this late because found out didn't qualify for research study
1/24/2017- cd4 233 cd%15 VL<40
4/27/2017 cd4 206 cd%18 VL <40
07/24/2017 cd4 227 cd%20.6 VL <40
10/31/2017 cd4 191 cd%23.9 VL 70
12/7/2017 cd4 248 cd%22.5 VL <40
1/30/2018 cd4 220 cd%27.5 VL <40
4/17/2018 cd4 295 cd%29.5 VL <40
8/9/2018 cd4 310 cd%31 VL <40
11/15/2018 cd4 293 cd%32.6 VL <40
02/12/2019 cd4 347 cd%31.5 VL <40
10/09/2019 cd4 380 cd%31.7 VL<40
01/30/2020 cd4 337 cd%37.4 VL 70(started Biktarvy)
06/05/2020 cd4 306 cd%38.3 VL 20
07/31/2020 cd4 235 cd%39.2 VL 20
08/28/2020 cd4 248 cd%31 VL <40
12/02/2020 cd4 329 cd%36.5 VL 160

Offline dallas nk

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2020, 10:57:56 pm »
*via “televisit”
09/20/2016-diagnosed cd4 41 cd%5.8 VL 34990
11/2016-post-poned treatment while awaiting to qualify for ARV study- cd4 29 cd%? VL?
12/2016-started treatment (Triumeq) this late because found out didn't qualify for research study
1/24/2017- cd4 233 cd%15 VL<40
4/27/2017 cd4 206 cd%18 VL <40
07/24/2017 cd4 227 cd%20.6 VL <40
10/31/2017 cd4 191 cd%23.9 VL 70
12/7/2017 cd4 248 cd%22.5 VL <40
1/30/2018 cd4 220 cd%27.5 VL <40
4/17/2018 cd4 295 cd%29.5 VL <40
8/9/2018 cd4 310 cd%31 VL <40
11/15/2018 cd4 293 cd%32.6 VL <40
02/12/2019 cd4 347 cd%31.5 VL <40
10/09/2019 cd4 380 cd%31.7 VL<40
01/30/2020 cd4 337 cd%37.4 VL 70(started Biktarvy)
06/05/2020 cd4 306 cd%38.3 VL 20
07/31/2020 cd4 235 cd%39.2 VL 20
08/28/2020 cd4 248 cd%31 VL <40
12/02/2020 cd4 329 cd%36.5 VL 160

Offline Matths

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2020, 09:29:23 am »
Hi, out of curiosity: why did you get so many VL checks within such short timeframe? Best Matt

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2020, 06:34:53 pm »
Sorry to hear the headaches have continued. Any thoughts what is triggering them?

Did you manage to talk to the Doctor today?
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Offline dallas nk

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2020, 10:51:15 pm »
No sure what’s triggering the headaches. Possibly sinuses and allergies? Yes spoke to doctor said she’s not concerned about the blip just yet. She said could be because I missed a few days taking med but highly unlikely because biktarvy is powerful and hard to become resistant. Wants me to come back in April for lab work
09/20/2016-diagnosed cd4 41 cd%5.8 VL 34990
11/2016-post-poned treatment while awaiting to qualify for ARV study- cd4 29 cd%? VL?
12/2016-started treatment (Triumeq) this late because found out didn't qualify for research study
1/24/2017- cd4 233 cd%15 VL<40
4/27/2017 cd4 206 cd%18 VL <40
07/24/2017 cd4 227 cd%20.6 VL <40
10/31/2017 cd4 191 cd%23.9 VL 70
12/7/2017 cd4 248 cd%22.5 VL <40
1/30/2018 cd4 220 cd%27.5 VL <40
4/17/2018 cd4 295 cd%29.5 VL <40
8/9/2018 cd4 310 cd%31 VL <40
11/15/2018 cd4 293 cd%32.6 VL <40
02/12/2019 cd4 347 cd%31.5 VL <40
10/09/2019 cd4 380 cd%31.7 VL<40
01/30/2020 cd4 337 cd%37.4 VL 70(started Biktarvy)
06/05/2020 cd4 306 cd%38.3 VL 20
07/31/2020 cd4 235 cd%39.2 VL 20
08/28/2020 cd4 248 cd%31 VL <40
12/02/2020 cd4 329 cd%36.5 VL 160

Offline Tonny2

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2020, 04:24:04 pm »



              OJO           HELLO THERE...IT'S PROBABLY A BLIP. NEXT BLOOD WORK RESULT WILL TELL YOU OTHERWISE....TRY TO TAKE YOUR MED AS PRESCRIBED, YOUR MIGHT RISK THE EFECTIVINES OF YOUR MED....I HOPE YOUR HEADACHES GO AWAY SOON....BEST OF LUCK...HUGS                                                 OJO

Offline dallas nk

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2020, 11:37:13 am »
Thank you  ;D!
09/20/2016-diagnosed cd4 41 cd%5.8 VL 34990
11/2016-post-poned treatment while awaiting to qualify for ARV study- cd4 29 cd%? VL?
12/2016-started treatment (Triumeq) this late because found out didn't qualify for research study
1/24/2017- cd4 233 cd%15 VL<40
4/27/2017 cd4 206 cd%18 VL <40
07/24/2017 cd4 227 cd%20.6 VL <40
10/31/2017 cd4 191 cd%23.9 VL 70
12/7/2017 cd4 248 cd%22.5 VL <40
1/30/2018 cd4 220 cd%27.5 VL <40
4/17/2018 cd4 295 cd%29.5 VL <40
8/9/2018 cd4 310 cd%31 VL <40
11/15/2018 cd4 293 cd%32.6 VL <40
02/12/2019 cd4 347 cd%31.5 VL <40
10/09/2019 cd4 380 cd%31.7 VL<40
01/30/2020 cd4 337 cd%37.4 VL 70(started Biktarvy)
06/05/2020 cd4 306 cd%38.3 VL 20
07/31/2020 cd4 235 cd%39.2 VL 20
08/28/2020 cd4 248 cd%31 VL <40
12/02/2020 cd4 329 cd%36.5 VL 160

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2020, 04:49:17 am »

Agree 👍 with other Members.

Blips happen.

Hope your headaches go away and your next Labs are good.

Take care,

OT

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Offline DianaReid

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2020, 05:27:51 am »
I support all of the above.
such outbreaks are frequent, you should not worry.
We hope the tests will be better next time.

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Re: Viral blip or reason to be concerned?
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2020, 05:34:20 am »
@DianaReid

Welcome to the forum, as a new member of the HIV community can you please open an introduction thread and introduce yourself to the forum members.

I presume you are living with HIV? So let us know how are you doing, how the treatment is going etc.  It's standard for new members.

Thank you.
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