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HIV Viral Load
Jun 8, 2008

My boyfriend's test results came back stating that his viral load is 94,000. What does that mean? How progressed is the HIV? Are treatments going to lower his viral load?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Yes, HIV treatment will certainly lower the viral load, in most cases, the viral load will become undetectable in the blood (< 50 copies/mL). That level of HIV viral load is moderately high, but not extremely so. The other important number to know and follow is the CD4 count and percent, which is a measure of how damaged the immune system has become as a result of HIV infection.



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