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Author Topic: Viral load  (Read 1064 times)

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Offline tommy246

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Viral load
« on: August 30, 2009, 04:16:55 AM »
If you had decent cd4 around 500 and % around 20 how high would you let your viral load go before starting meds ,is there a reccommended maximum.
jan 06 neg
dec 08 pos cd4 505 ,16%, 1,500vl
april 09 cd4 635 ,16%,60,000
july 09 ,cd4 545,17%,80,000
aug 09,hosptal 18days pneumonia cd190,225,000,15%
1 week later cd4 415 20%
nov 09 cd4 591 ,vl 59,000,14%,started atripla
dec 09  cd4 787, vl 266, 16%
march 2010  cd4 720 vl non detectable -20  20%
june 2010  cd4  680, 21%, ND

Offline confidentIwillbeOK

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Re: Viral load
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2009, 11:24:32 AM »
I don't think you will get a definitive answer anywhere as many experts disagree about when to start.  Speak to your doctor, research as much as you can, and figure out if starting early is the right thing for you and your individual situation.

Good link about this topic:  http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/hiv_early_treatment_2297_16077.shtml

...and if you have time here is a 20 minute audio clip I listened to yesterday from this year's "Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections" found on thebodypro.com:


Finally here is some more general reading material:

    * http://www.thebody.com/ and http://www.thebodypro.com/
    * http://www.hopkins-aids.edu/
    * http://www.thebody.com/
    * http://www.aac.org/health/
    * http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/
    * http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/
    * http://www.avert.org/

Good luck.  I am trying to figure out the answer to this question myself and will have my second doctors appointment on Tuesday.  I will let you know what he says....my counts are similar to yours.

Offline BM

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Re: Viral load
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 12:41:16 PM »
Slightly related: I've read (or been told) that viral loads under 10,000 are "low" and ones over 100,000 are "high". The main consideration should be your CD4 count, including how quickly it is dropping. These things will vary from person to person at all viral load levels.

Table 1 in the booklet "Viral Load & CD4" (linked below) takes into account the viral load at a particular CD4 level.

« Last Edit: August 30, 2009, 12:45:31 PM by BM »


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