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LOGCOPIES ?
Apr 23, 2006

DEAR DOCTOR:

MY LAB REPORT READS AS FOLLOWS:

HIV 1 RNA QUANTITATIVE PCR, EXPANDED RANGE COPIES/ML <50 LOGCOPIES/ML <1.70

CHANGES IN HIV 1 RNA THREE TIMES OR GREATER ( LOG10 GREATER THAN 0.5 }MAY BE SIGNIFICANT.

DOCTOR COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THE HUMBERS FOR ME AND DO I HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT THE VIRUS MUTATING? THANK YOU AS ALWAYS

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The viral load is below the level of detection of the assay (50 copies). Log copies is another mathematical way of saying the copy number. A log copy number of 1.70 is the same as 50 copies. Unlikely that the virus would be mutating if the viral load is undetectable.



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