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Author Topic: VL detetable & I'm panicing  (Read 2236 times)

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Offline Gary

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VL detetable & I'm panicing
« on: July 31, 2007, 01:04:40 PM »
I've not been on here much lately but now I don't know where to turn, I went for my 3 month check up today and my viral load which has been undetectable (less than 40 copies per ml)since 4 months after starting treatment today showed detectable (only at 40).  My CD4 had also gone from 600 to 513, I know it fluctuates so I'm not too bothered about that.  I was on combivir and sustiva till Jan this year then I switched to Truvada and Sustiva, I've never felt better in my life since the switch.  It wasn't my regular doc today. She said I was not to panic but I can't help it. My adherence has been close to 100% except for a few lates last month, they all seemed to happen at once, I now fear I've buggered it up.  I eat, rest,don't smoke, my social life is practically non existant and I try to lay off the booze. I just don't think I can wait 3 months till my next appointment, I'm starting to drive myself mad.  ???

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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 01:10:54 PM »
Hi Gary~

Don't drive yourself mad.  You'll see that what most of us tell you is this.....Its normal to have a blip or even to have your meds stop working after some time.  You need to get another test done in about a month or so, and see if the VL is still detectable.  Please read my story about demanding a genotype years ago, when I was in the same situation as you.  I think it will be helpful.  Now, breathe......


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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 01:37:34 PM »
I had a blip of 100 in February after 6 months on a new regimen and undetectable.  They re-tested me in one month and it was back to undetectable.  There is no need for alarm as this is not unusual at all, just like your doctor stated.
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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007, 02:24:49 AM »
The new tests are getting very sensitive, so it's possible that you were undetectable with a previous test < 100 and now detectable with a test <= 40. Nothing alarming, it's either a blip or a more sensitive test was used this time :)

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mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007, 11:07:18 AM »
I'd have to have 2-3 consecutive increasing VL results to begin to worry.  And even then I'd not flip out because I know I have taken all my meds 99% adherence and it's out of my hands.

One simply MUST get used to blips in this life.
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Offline Gary

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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2007, 05:26:28 PM »
Thanks guys, I'm much calmer now. 
I had a word with a specialist nurse who I work with and she reassured me much as you all have.  I think it was just a shock as I've done my best to look after myself and keep to near 100% adherence, it was unexpected.
I'll give it a month and have my bloods done again.
thanks for the quick replies xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Gary  ;)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007, 07:12:57 PM »
Hello Gary,

I think your numbers, are doing pretty good there !! Your doing fine. I have had a couple of these small blips ( which were actually larger than yours, and they always managed to get back to undetectable.

So hang in there buddy !!

Take care-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline Gary

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Re: VL detetable & I'm panicing
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007, 05:59:19 PM »
Thank you all,
I'll re-test in a month and post my results x


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