How can drugs fail when I feel fine?
“Viral failure” relates to results from a blood test but not to how well you feel.
But, if you stay on a failing treatment, your CD4 count will start to drop.
This might not be for several months but it will happen.
A lower CD4 count increases the risk of new or progressing illness. This is called “clinical failure”. See Figure 3.
Figure 3. From rebound to symptoms
- Viral load rebounds. If you stay on the same meds, viral load will continue to rise.
- Your CD4 count will go down over time.
- As your CD4 count drops the risk of symptoms increases.
Last updated: 1 January 2018.