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Viral load going down without treatment?
May 22, 2000

My lover had a viral load of 18,000 in early April, then when he received his genotype test for resistance (and was found to be sensitive to all meds), the viral load was 10,800. Is this a routine variation in viral load without any medical intervention?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

That difference (< 2 fold) would be within the variation of the assay. In people who are drug naive and start meds, we look for changes of 100 fold. So in your example, a change from 18,000 to 180, or to < 50 (the lower limit of the assay).

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