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viral load at 8 weeks post exposure
Oct 31, 2001

If a child is infected with HIV at 16 months of age, is there a chance that his viral load would be less than 400 c/ml 8 weeks after infection? Is there any data on what percentage of children would a viral load of <400 c/ml after 8 weeks of infection (or would you have a guess)? Also, is there any data on what percentage of children would have a viral load of <400 c/ml after seroconversion?

Response from Dr. Jackson

It is possible that a child infected at 16 months of age could have a viral load of less than 400 copies/mL 8 weeks later after seroconversion and has not received treatment, but it would be unusual (probably less than 2%).


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