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Viral Load numbers

May 23, 2010

I was infected about a year ago and my Cd-4 numbers I am not worried about and I understand that viral loads and Cd4 numbers go together but my Cd4 numbers have been decreasing but my viral load was 7000 then doubled my second test to 1300 and this third time is dropped back down to 7000. What could have caused the jump then the decrease?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Although you don't indicate what your CD4 counts were, the normal assay variation of viral load tests can be as much as 3-fold (meaning 3 times the value up or down). Swings (primarily increases) of viral load greater than that can occur with immunizations, other ongoing infections, among other reasons.

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