|viral load and infection time
Mar 10, 2002
My friend was diagnosed HIV positive only two weeks ago and due to previous testing it was determined that it has been 6 months at the most since he had been infected. His t-cell count was 550 and his viral load was 150,000. What does this mean? Is it possible that this could happen so quickly? What does it mean for the future?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Acute HIV infection produces very high viral loads. It takes several months for the viral load to come down to a lower level called the set point. If infection occurred within the last 6 months, the acute infection period is probably still active. Every person reacts to the virus differently. Time will determine how good the immune system is in containing viral replication.
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