|What is high, what is low?
Mar 10, 2002
What is a high and what is a low viral load? I have read responses where 30,000 was called a low viral load and 100,000 is called high. Is this correct? My VL off meds is 11,000 and my CD4 is 600. What is my risk of progresion?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
There is no specific definition, and you would probably get different answers from experts. In general, > 100,000 would be considered high and probably < 1,000 would be considered low. The current thinking is that if your CD4 count is < 350 and viral load > 30-55,000, you should begin treatment. Given your numbers, most people would recommend not starting treatment, because the risk of progression is low. MH
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