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VIRAL LOADS
May 1, 2000

DR.A HEALTHY PERSON HAS 500 TO 1,500 CD4 IN THE BODY. WHAT IS THE # VIRUS IN THE BODY FOR THE PERSON TO HAVE AIDS.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I am not sure what you are asking. An AIDS definition requires a CD4 count of <200 or 14%, and/or the development of an opportunistic infection. A definition of AIDS is unrelated to the viral load. Every person has a different "set point" or level of viral load, and this depends on the virus type and underlying immune system of the person.

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