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what do "blip, undetectable and viral load terms" mean

Jan 17, 2005

gooday doctor

just turned positive and i am learning about the disease,i would be glad if you could explain what do the terms i have stated mean


Response from Dr. Holodniy

VIral load is the amount of HIV that is in a quantity of blood plasma. It is usually presented as copies/mL. Undetectable viral load means the viral load in blood is < 50 copies/mL. A blip usually refers to a low detectable viral load after one has had an undetectable viral load for some time. For example, if your viral load is < 50 copies/mL, and on the next visit is 98 copies, and on the visit after that it is < 50 again, this would be considered a blip.

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