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Hep B IU/mL to copies/mL and this "Log" thing?

Dec 26, 2010

I am wondering why my physician wants to determine the "log" of HBV DNA? One lab used by my primary care reports in "copies/mL" and the GI do uses a lab that reports in "IU/mL." Isn't just the conversion enough? Why is there an extra step by my primary care with this "Log?" I just don't get it and want to see if I am improving.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

So providers feel that converting viral copy number to log10 units provides a better or easier way of measuring change in viral load.

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