|How Much Virus Do I Have?
Jun 11, 2002
Hi! I just got my first viral load result last week. The report says --- Result: Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor --- HIV-1 RNA >750,000 copies/ml --- Log equivalence >5.87 log --- How much is my viral load? I started taking medicine about 2 months ago (stavudine, lamivudine, viramune.) My cd4 in fabruary is 47 currently awaiting new cd4 result. In general, I'm feeling much better than 2 months ago and has gained 5 kilos (from 51 to 56 kg). Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The HIV RNA copy number or log copy number is what is commonly referred to as your "viral load". The viral load is usually a measure of HIV RNA in the blood plasma. Your actual number is higher (probably > 1 million) than the assay can measure accurately. A true measure of viral burden (the amount of virus in your body) is unknown, but would be several times more than what we can measure in the blood. MH
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