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Title: Viral load under 200 but detectable
Post by: fred2005 on September 21, 2019, 04:46:43 pm
Hi. My name is Cosmin and i started treatment for hiv in september 2018. Last time i was tested this September and i have recieved a phone call from the clinic saying that my viral load is under 200 but still detectable. I have to mention that i was never undetectable so far. Is it possible to have drug resistance already? Also once in a while i take some blue pills that i bought from ebay to enhance my sex life. Is it possible this drug can affect the art? I am really worried about this. Thanks for reading
Title: Re: Viral load under 200 but detectable
Post by: Jim Allen on September 21, 2019, 05:17:59 pm
Hiya

Generally speaking, low levels blips are not much to worry about, certainly not within the first year of treatment.  There is a big difference between 1 - 200, can you be any more specific? With never undetectable so far what do you mean with that? 1 copy, 10, 50, 100, 150, 200 ?

Do follow-up with your doctor on this but I also doubt the odd blue pill is an issue although you should be checking for interactions before taking anything. I presume the doctor knows about the blue pill?

Best, Jim


Persistent Blips:

3 page decent (I think) Q&A on this topic that might help.

https://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/hiv-aids/news/online/%7B8373ca63-674d-4015-ac35-f4da653c7415%7D/qa-understanding-persistent-low-level-viremia-in-people-with-hiv

Low level blips & treatment

Viral Blips Donít Raise the Risk of HIV Treatment Failure
https://www.poz.com/article/viral-blips-raise-risk-hiv-treatment-failure

http://www.aidsmap.com/Spanish-study-gives-reassurance-small-HIV-blips-do-not-predict-treatment-failure/page/3085173/

Blips
http://i-base.info/guides/changing/viral-load-blips

 
Title: Re: Viral load under 200 but detectable
Post by: fred2005 on September 21, 2019, 05:51:50 pm
Thanks for the reply Jim

They didn't tell me over the phone the exact value, and they asked me if i want to make an appointment on the 12th of november just to talk and i said yes. Meanwhile i go crazy thinking about that until november
Title: Re: Viral load under 200 but detectable
Post by: Jim Allen on September 21, 2019, 09:54:21 pm
Hiya,

Well, I can appreciate somewhat being stressed over this, and it's perhaps not helpful thay didn't share any details.

That said try to relax, focus on something more worth your time, no need for doom & gloom about resistance just yet either, so far all you know is it's less than 200 copies and blips do happen.

Just wait and see what the next visit brings.
Title: Re: Viral load under 200 but detectable
Post by: harleymc on September 22, 2019, 05:44:48 pm
Clearly your treating doctor doesn't thi K there's any immediate risk to your health.

Maybe try mindfulness a couple of times a day till your appointment.

Best of luck keep us updated.