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How long infected?
May 20, 2002

I hate to sound like question on an exam, but here it goes. Two people are diagnosed at the same time. One is found to have a viral load of 17K and a T-cell count of 195, the other has a viral load of 5.5k, with T-cells at 350. Whom would you say has been infected longer and for approximately how long? Thank you for your insight and work that you do here.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Can't necessarily say. It depends on what kind of virus was transmitted and what the person's underlying immune system is and what their starting CD4 count was before they were infected.



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