Mar 14, 2001
My HIV test in 7/00 was negative but I was tested positive in 1/01. My cd4 count is 475 and my viral load is 75,000. I heard a theory regarding newly infected persons and high initial viral loads as a result of the system reacting to the new virus. I have also heard that this spike in viral load can be temporary as a result of the new infection and can stabilize over time. Are you familiar with this theory? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
This is no theory. It is indeed fact. During acute infection, the viral load can be 10-100 times higher. Once antibodies develop, the viral load decreases to a "setpoint" within about 3-6 months that is different in every person. MH
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