|Very High Viral Load
Oct 17, 2005
In the past month I quickly got sicker than I ever got before in my life. Within hours of my feeling bad I was in bed and even unable to talk on the phone. I made an appointment after the 2nd day and managed to get to my doctor. I could barely walk. I have never been ill or in the hospital and had no idea what it was. I went back home after blood was taken and antibiotics given(just in case for what I am not sure) I unlocked my door because I thought I was going to die and I live alone. I went back to the doctor and found I have a viral load of over 7.5 million and was advised I have recently contacted HIV. They checked it twice and 7.5 million. I was put on truvada and sustiva right away. Its been over 3 weeks and I do feel better still strange and week since it wiped me out. I have not heard of anyone with such a high viral load. Any info on viral loads since I don't see that tests even go this high? I am thinking of checking into another doctor and I do not know what to look for or expect. Is this viral load very unusual?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
That's an unusually high viral load. I'd be curious what assay was used, and whether they had to dilute the sample to get a number like that. None of the approved assays can quantitate viral load that high.
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