Apr 23, 2006
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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