Jul 5, 2002
Hello. This is my question: In hiv-infected persons, what is the viral load of RNA-hiv (copies) in exudate (e.g. due to an active std) in comparison with viral load of blood? What does this mean for the hiv-concentrations in precum and semen when urethral exudate from an active std will mix with these bodyfluids? Thank you for an answer.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
HIV RNA levels are detectable in many bodily fluids, usually about 10 times less than in blood serum. Although it is readily detectable in semen, the precum story has never been accurately defined.
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