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different viral load test methods?
Mar 1, 2004

I just got back my latest lab results.. I have a viral load track record of 37,500 > 17,500 > 12,300 and 14,400 from the latest test. However, my lab has started a new "more sensitive" testing method and in addition to the 14,400 figure they also gave me a number of 79,300... The test was made from the same blood sample.

Can there really be such a huge difference (five-fold) in viral load results depending on the method used??? As for my CD4 counts they have been constantly ranging between 283 and 303. I have not started medication yet...

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Hmmm... It would be a bit unusual, unless they were completely different methods.



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