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Viral loading

Jan 17, 2001

My brother *(33 y.o) has been HIV pos for 14 years. Recently before christmas he had a viral load of 10000. What does this mean in laymens terms and what stage does that class him with his HIV? I am his sister and am wondering about his condition.


Response from Dr. Holodniy

A viral load of 10,000 copies/ml would be considered in the low to moderate range. High viral loads would be > 100,000. Low viral loads would be < 5,000. An "undetectable" viral load is < 50. Without knowing his CD4 count, whether he has any symptoms or whether he is receiving treatment, it is hard to know what stage of infection he might be in. Given he has been positive for 14 years, my guess is that he is in pretty good shape.


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