Viral Load Ranges
Feb 16, 2003
My friend was recently diagnosed with HIV. His first lab results came back with a CD4 count of 306 and a Viral Load count of 50,000. What does this mean? What are the range limits for Viral Load? With his results does he need to start treatment?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
The range of viral load in people not on treatment ranges from about 50 to 1 million copies/ml. The current guidelines suggest that people with CD4 counts < 350 and/or viral loads > 50,000/ml, should be on treatment.
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