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Author Topic: Just a couple questions  (Read 1372 times)

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Offline twz90s

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Just a couple questions
« on: April 19, 2010, 10:36:07 PM »
Hey guys,

just a question regarding treatment and becoming ill from a flu or cold.

June 2009 tested poz, started ritonavir boosted atazanavir + Truvada on November 21, 2009.

Last labs were CD4 350, VL undetectable.  My CD4s will fluctuate in this range all the way up to 600 at one point.

This is the first time I have become ill since starting treatment and I just wanted to ask a few questions, please.

1) What are your personal experiences about non-OI illness? Do you get ill more often and for longer? Or is it about the same? Is 350-600 still fairly potent vs. common colds etc?

2) Is there an increased chance of viral mutation during illness even if your VL is undetectable on a consistant basis?

Thanks a lot for the input!
« Last Edit: April 19, 2010, 10:38:27 PM by twz90s »

Offline metekrop

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Re: Just a couple questions
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 07:49:22 AM »
Hi there,

I feel that you CD is fairly good.  But most importantly that your VL is undetectable is wonderful.  You might get sick of flue or things of that sort in spite of your law CD or whatever and you automatically get cured just like any other healthy person.  I didn't have any kind of OI until such time that my CD was below 50 and my VL was about 500,000. That time I come up with an OI which was brain infection that almost killed me.  Else I didn't have any other OI or non-OI through out my life.  So the most important thing is to keep your VL undetectable and I feel that is how your disease progression is measured.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2010, 07:51:31 AM by metekrop »
Diag.on 12/8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
12/08 - 2/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - 7/09 CD 179, VL 197k
10/09 CD 300 VL U
3/10 CD 468 U
8/10 CD 460 U
12/10 CD 492 U
3/11 CD 636 U
8/11 CD 530 U
1/12 cd 616 U
7/12 CD 640 U
12/12 CD 669 U
5/13 CD711 U
11/13 663 U
4/14 CD 797 U
10/14 CD 810 U
4/15 CD 671 U
10/15 CD 694 U
3/16 CD 768 U
8/16 CD 459 U
2/22 CD 780 U
8/31 CD 940 U

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Just a couple questions
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 03:05:31 PM »
1) 350 to 600 CD4 count is enough for good immune function.

2) Having an illness has no effect on the virus mutating as long as you take your meds and the virus is sensitive to the meds you're taking; mutations happen when drug levels of ARV meds are not adequate (due to poor adherence or to taking meds that the virus is resistant to to begin with).


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