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Author Topic: Introduction ChrisMen - "Barely detectable"  (Read 571 times)

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Offline ChrisMen

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Introduction ChrisMen - "Barely detectable"
« on: March 18, 2020, 06:46:37 pm »
Hello all,

Today is my 5 year anniversary of being diagnosed.  I reached UD within a few months of getting on meds.  I was originally on Stribild and switched to Biktarvy not long after it was approved. 
I've only missed 2 doses in the 5 years I've been on meds.  Last week, I got my blood work results, which my VL was "barely detectable."  I asked my DR about that and he says that's normal and nothing to worry about - that it's common to see "small blips" like the one I'm experiencing.

The lab report has my HIV-1 value = 50; CD4 = 689

The last 3 labs reported "<20"

Anyone have any similar experiences?

Chris.
« Last Edit: March 18, 2020, 09:27:57 pm by Jim Allen »

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Re: Introduction ChrisMen - "Barely detectable"
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2020, 09:36:14 pm »
Hiya,

Welcome to the forum.
Great lab results, how are you otherwise feeling and doing?

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The lab report has my HIV-1 value = 50; CD4 = 689

The last 3 labs reported "<20"

Anyone have any similar experiences?

It's not even detectable or a blip from where I stand.  I've had a few blips over 50 but, they then drop down on the next check. Could just a few defective copies, either way, nothing I would worry about as long as you are taking your meds.

You are still undetectable in terms of TaSP (U=U) as that's generally seen as anything below 200 copies and, in terms of treatment most doctors will classify  anything below 50 copies as suppressed or undetectable

Best, Jim

Blips
http://i-base.info/guides/changing/viral-load-blips

Low-level blips & treatment

Viral Blips Donít Raise the Risk of HIV Treatment Failure
https://www.poz.com/article/viral-blips-raise-risk-hiv-treatment-failure

http://www.aidsmap.com/Spanish-study-gives-reassurance-small-HIV-blips-do-not-predict-treatment-failure/page/3085173/

Q&A on this topic that might help.
https://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/hiv-aids/news/online/%7B8373ca63-674d-4015-ac35-f4da653c7415%7D/qa-understanding-persistent-low-level-viremia-in-people-with-hiv

TaSP U=U
https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=71864.0
(*undetectable viral load defined as less than 200 copies/milliliter)
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Re: Introduction ChrisMen - "Barely detectable"
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2020, 05:29:12 pm »
dear Chrismen, as Jim shared, its common to show little blips along the treatment. i started meds middle of 2016 with Truvada + Efavirenz, CV maintained less than 40, but 2 or 3 years after i had 94 and latter 112 for CV, then i talked to my Infect. and he told me blips were common on patients; i should to consider that both blips were small and soon it was normally again (less than 40), dont worry about, blips always are small numbers, when 3 or 4 blip events occur your infect. may consider about your meds probably.
regards!

 


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