|My first HIV Viral Load Count - Help translate?
Apr 5, 2009
I just tested positive on Tuesday and received test results for my HIV viral load from the doctor, however, I am not sure how to intrepret them. Is there a scale which would show me where I fall? He wrote HIV Viral Load 4.74 copies/ml. I see different types of numbers when people refer to their viral load. Are there other ways this is translated? Is this high? Low?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
That number is likely the absolute copy number expressed in log10 units. So 4.74 log10/copies per mL is the same as 55,000 copies/mL. For your math lesson today, 1 log = 10, 2 log = 100, 3 log = 1,000, 4 log = 10,000 copies/ml and so on. That viral load is in the moderate range. The range is anywhere between 50 to about 1 million copies/ml, although people on HIV treatment can have an "undetectable" viral load which is < 50 copies/ml>
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