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Author Topic: Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?  (Read 6327 times)

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Offline toughtimes

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Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:45:24 am »

My boyfriend is newly diagnosed and I'm wondering what some of his recent blood results mean.

His CD4 is 550 and has Viral Load of 180,000. He said the doctor told him that was consistent with a recent HIV infection. What does the doctor mean by recent?
Now firstly I though that CD4 sounded pretty low for someone who's only just got the virus, which has me worried that his period between infection and starting meds might be particularly short.
Secondly, the viral load seems scarily high and making me wonder whether he has very recently seroconverted - like in the past weeks rather than months? My major concern here is not only that a viral load that high means he will have been particularly infectious to me when I was exposed (something I feel guilty even worrying about right now) but also that if he hasn't recently seroconverted a load like that is going to be hammering his CD4 right?

Can anyone help me to find answers to these questions?

BTW: You might have already seen me post on the Am I Infected forum as I'm currently on PEP and awaiting the outcome of this.

Thanks all for your help!

Offline SunnyFlorida

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Re: Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2011, 09:53:37 am »
A friend of mine got his PCR results yesterday. You can read about it here. He seroconverted in December. His VL is about the same, but the CD4 is lower than your boyfriend's. By "recent infection", your doctor likely meant that he was infected sometime within the past 3-6 months.

Everybody reacts to HIV differently, some people can go many, many years without needing drugs because their bodies can keep the viral load down by itself. Some need to be on drugs right away. And yet other can wait 6 months to two years without needing 'em. From what I understand, the CD4 can vary throughout the course of the day. High in the mornings, low in the afternoons from what I read. My advice to you is not to worry for now, but to wait and see what the next couple PCR tests say and trust the ID doctor's judgment in regards to medication.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2011, 09:55:08 am by SunnyFlorida »

Offline toughtimes

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Re: Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2011, 09:59:52 am »
I noticed everyone talking about percentages when they state their CD4 figures, what is this percentage?

Offline SunnyFlorida

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Re: Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2011, 10:05:04 am »
There is a wonderful section of this website, Lessons, that can tell you everything you need to know. Here's the page in particular. :)

Offline toughtimes

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Re: Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2011, 12:14:12 pm »
Very helpful, thank you.

Offline TabooPrincess

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Re: Boyfriend newly diagnosed - CD4 bad?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2011, 03:38:16 pm »
Checke out my numbers below - similar to your boyfriends and I have been pos for 3 years now....
09/ 2008 - Seroconversion
11/2008 - Tested pos, cd4 640 vl 25400
12/2008 - cd4 794 vl 27798, 35%
03/2009 - cd4 844 vl 68846, 35%
06/2009 - cd4 476 vl 49151, 33% (pregnancy confirmed)
08/2009 - cd4 464 vl 54662, 32%
Started meds for pregnancy (Kaletra, AZT, Viread)
09/2009 - cd4 841 vl 3213, 42%
10/2009 - cd4 860 vl 1088, 41%
11/2009 - cd4 771 vl 563, 38%
12/2009 - cd4 885 vl 151 42%
Discontinued meds after baby born
02/2010 - cd4 841 vl 63781, 38%
05/2010 - cd4 1080 vl 113000, 39%
08/2010 - cd4 770 vl 109242
12/2010 - cd4 642 vl 111000, 34%
06/2011 - cd4 450 vl 222000, 33%
11/2011 - cd4 419 vl 212000, 24%
03/2012 - cd4 280 vl 118000, 26% (repeated Cd4 at 360)
05/2012 -cd4 360 vl 99,190
10/2012 Atripla, cd4 690, vl 80
12/2012 Darunavir, norvir, truvada, Cd4 680, vl u/d
07/2013 cd4 750,ud


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