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Question on initial immune response

May 31, 2004

I know there is much variance with this but based on you expert opinion, what are the average viral load after acute infection. What is the likely hood of ones initial immune response knocking the virus down to undectable?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The answer to your questions depend on when after acute infection a sample is drawn. Usually within the first few weeks the viral load is over 100,000. It can stay there or drop dramatically, and in a few cases become undetectable. This is the exeception though.

CD4 count decreasing
HBV spread.

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