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Offline Newguy

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Base Line Results
« on: June 20, 2012, 06:24:21 PM »
Hi everyone

Today I went to see my ID specialist and I got my baseline results. First off, he didn't seem concerned with the results. All tests liver, kidneys, heart, etc.. were normal. I was recently treated for syphilis about two months ago and that seems to be successful. However he didn't really know what to make of the CD4 count and viral load. My CD4 count was 400 and my viral load was 36000. He said it could go either way meaning I could be in the acute infection or latent infection stage. He said viral load is low although this seems high to me, but sent me on my way and will draw blood in three months. Any thoughts on these numbers?


Offline Lad_Liam

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Re: Base Line Results
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012, 08:38:06 AM »
I'm not a dr but they seem average results. Quite acceptable.  8)

How long do u think u had it?eg. Do u remember a seroconversion illness, or know of exposure period? That could help with wondering about the latent/recent thing. Plus if u have a history of regular past testing, might help to narrow down the time frame.

Australian treatment guidelines lean toards treatment based on cd4 levels 350-500, but it takes a few tests to determine a level, and your 36000 isn't very high. I had 81000 a few weeks ago, 2.5 months into beng poz. My first reading was 25500' so it went up a bit in a month but still in the <100,000.

3 months sounds like a long time to wait between testing if you've just tested poz,and aren't sure if it's a Recent or old infection. Id want more frequent testing. the reason I ask about if u know when u think u got it is there is some ideas about treating fresh infections quickly. So, it could be relevant to how u think about this if that's your thing.

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Offline newt

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Re: Base Line Results
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2012, 06:24:41 PM »
Viral load under 100,000 is low.

Viral load tests measure in factors of 10, ie 10, 100, 1,000, 10K, 100k, 1 million etc. x 10 difference is significant, nothing else is.

3 months is a fair wait and see between tests, even on new diagnosis. HIV is a long game.

Best wishes.

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