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Viral load in vaginal fluid

Apr 11, 2001

Hi, May I know what's the HIV viral load in vaginal fluid of an infected female? Is the viral load the same as number of infectious virus particles?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

There are HIV virus particles in vaginal fluid of HIV infected women. The viral load measures total HIV RNA. Infectious virus is a much smaller fraction of total viral load. However there is infectious virus present in vaginal fluid. The viral load in vaginal fluid tends to be much lower than that in the blood. MH

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