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viralload discharge

May 7, 2001

Hi doctor Mark. Can you tell me what is the viralload of discharge of a std in comparisson with blood? And discharge from a NSU? I have been in contact with somebodys precum, the person had an infection of his urethra. I got a burning feeling, but was tested negative for std. But can I have got a NSU, and much more risk for hiv? Thanks!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

In general, viral load levels in semen in untreated HIV infected people is about 5-10 times less than that in blood. The levels in semen during an STD have not systematically been evaluated. Although it would seem that levels would be higher given the increased number of white blood cells, including the possibility of infected lymphocytes would be higher during an STD.

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