I have a scrap book containing all the original copies of my CD4 counts and other blood work, dating back to 1983. Here's a synopsis:
- 1983: March - CD4 362
- 1984: August - CD4 762
- 1986: January - CD4 1277 / May - CD4 988 / July - CD4 1496
- 1989: March - CD4 790 / May - CD4 1160 / July - CD4 1269 / December - CD4 1436
- 1990: October - CD4 1090
- 1991: January-i - CD4 1341 / January-ii - CD4 1445 / April - CD4 1623 / July - CD4 1296 / August - CD4 2002
As you can see from the above, at the time the Yokohama Conference (1991) was discussing Long Term Non Progressors for the first time, it had been eight years since my diagnosis - I have no idea of when I was actually infected; I estimate it was in about 1979/1980 - and my health had changed from close to AIDS (CD4 of 362) to an astonishing CD4 count of 2002. I have to add that a CD4 count of 2002 is not normal - it may have been abnormally high due to a lung infection at the time. However, when you consider all the previous CD4 counts - which mostly exceed 1000 - it is still amazing. During all this time there was no viral load test. The only direct indicator of viral activity was in 1992, when I tested HIV P24 antigen negative, which indicates low activity of the virus.
- 1992: June - CD4 1205 / October - CD4 1596 / December - CD4 1052
- 1993: January - CD4 1309 / May - CD4 1152 / July - CD4 1122 / September - CD4 1287
- 1994: January - CD4 997 / February - CD4 1177 / April - CD4 1185 / June - C D4 1136 / July - CD4 1078 / August - CD4 1204
I returned from the US to South Africa in January 1995, so the number of tests dropped as I left the LAM study.
- 2002: December - CD4 767; Viral Load 79,700
- 2003: March - CD4 746; 29% functioning; Viral Load 117,000
- 2004: November - CD4 349; 22% functioning; Viral Load 222,000
In early 2005 I commenced ART: Nevirapine and Combivir.
- 2007: June - CD4 1282; 36% functioning; Viral Load 50 (undetectable)
- 2009: May - CD4 1253; 38.3% functioning; Viral Load undetectable