UNDETECTED VIRAL LOAD
Oct 2, 2011
I RECENTLY SAW MY HIV DOCTOR. HE SAID THAT MY VIRAL LOAD WAS 5O. HE TOLD ME THAT THE GUIDELINES FOR UNDECTED VIRAL LOAD IS NOW 20<. IS THIS CORRECT?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It depends on the assay. Some viral load assays have a lower limit of detection of 50, 40, or 20. Some people who were being tested with viral load tests and were always < 50, may now find themselves with a detectable viral load that is > 20, but < 50. This always presents a dilemma about whether HIV treatment is failing or not. The short answer is likely no.
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