22 May 2006
The results are in. I am on virologic failure number three. My viral load has gone from 4.000 two weeks ago to 40,400. My CD-4 count went up slightly to 602, however, that is due to the rapid progression of the HIV. Over the course of the next few weeks my CD-4 count will drop again in response to the escalating viral load. My doctor drew labs today to check which medication I am resistant to and what needs to be changed. It takes a few weeks for that particular test to come in and when it does I will post the results for all of you :)
20 May 2006
I had my new set of labs drawn on Wednesday the 17th. I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday the 22nd to review the results. In this set of labs they are testing for the following: testosterone levels, CD-4 count, and a ultra sensitive HIV viral load test (ultra sensitive is the one that can detect below than 50). When I have the results in a few days I will post them along with any new treatment options that are given to me.
01 May 2006
So I went for my checkup with my doctor this morning and the results are in. My CD-4 (T-cell) count in March was at 925 and now they are down to 511 and my viral load which has been undetectable since August is now up to 4,000. Amazing that a “largely undetectable virus” or an “inactive virus” can deplete my immune system. Whoda thunk? I obviously am not dealing to well with the news. My doctor is doing repeat tests in two weeks to see in changing my meds needs to be the next step. Write more then.