Q and A


My viral load is 41, is this good?

I started with a VL of over 17,000 after 2 weeks treatment it’s dropped to 41 ! How I’m I doing on ART ?


Thanks for getting in touch.

A viral load of 41 is excellent, this means that your viral load is now undetectable-and importantly that the medication is working and working really well. This is great progress in 4 months.


  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Anny,

    ARVs are what a person needs when they are positive. As to how quickly this will happen its not possible to say. It should however take between 1-3 months.

  2. Anny

    Please I need the name of the medication I will take to make my viral load reduce in two weeks

  3. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Maya,

    Missing the time of meds by 1 hour won’t be an issue. Yes you can switch to formula milk.

  4. Maya

    Can I switch my baby to formula when I stop nevirepine in 6 weeks,?
    He is a month old. And I missed a dose of his med in one hour. Should I be worried?

  5. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Frank.

    Your results mean that you’re doing really well. Your viral load is undetectable and your CD4 count is within normal range. Your HIV is under control. This is great.

  6. Frank

    I was tested and my results were saying Viral Load …N/A
    Viral Log <20!
    CD4 450
    Does it mean Iam worried to death! Was is a kind of mistake?
    I am not sick but I have had H Pylori bacteria treated.

  7. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Mary,

    1. Weird dreams and nightmares can be a side effect of Atripla. You can talk to your doctor about changing to other meds if the dreams are bad.
    2. It’s great that your VL is undetectable at 40. However, CD4 counts can go up and down, often within a single day. A CD4 count of 564 is strong – and it’s normal for someone who is HIV negative.

  8. Mary

    1. I need to ask Iam on Atripla from 2012 and some times do do have wiered dreams or feeling after I take the medication. I would wake not knowing what was happening and I get very scared is this normal
    2. Secondly , my vl is less than 4o but my cd4 dropped from 700 too 564 is this okay Iam a bit worried what can I do


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