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Author Topic: Blips ??  (Read 2260 times)

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Offline whoknew

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Blips ??
« on: May 28, 2011, 05:39:25 am »
I am HIV positive and so is my husband, we have both been undetectable for 2 plus years on Atripla .... my question is about Blips my Husbands recent VL test has come back at 603 ???!!!! he has never missed a dose infact he is the one that reminds me every day. He was fighting another viral infection at the time of the last test and was on antibiotics. The prescribing dr said there was no interaction between the strong Antibiotics and the Atripla but it seems suspicious.

I am worried that his medication might fail , the consultant isnt bothered and thinks it may be down to the new testing maching but to me 600 is far to large a blip. They are retesting in a month.

I am praying that the antibiotics havent interfered with the atriplas ability to do its job !!

Have any of you had blips like this that have resolved themselves

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Blips ??
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 06:33:50 am »
Generally speaking a VL spike needs to be in the low thousands to be of concern. That or if it persists across a couple of tests.

So probably your husband's consultant is correct. 603 on a single test is most likely just a blip.

These things happen.

Hang in there! :)


Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Blips ??
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011, 09:09:18 am »
I agree with Matty -- I had low level viremia a couple of years back and wound up reading a lot of the literature on blips and low level viremia -- 600 was on the low end of the blip range; often a blip is in the 1000+ range.  (When they first started talking about blips, undetectable was 400).

Retesting in a month is standard practice and it typically resolves. 

Be well
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%
2014 VL UD - 48
2015 VL 130 Moved to Triumeq

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Blips ??
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 09:52:42 pm »
It's probably a blip honey... my last one was 500-something.... the re-test showed it was only a blip.

Let us know what you find out.

Hugs, Alan
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