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Viral load after acute infection

Jul 16, 1998

Does viral load recede to undetectable levels after the initial spike

experienced during acute retroviral syndrome? If so, how long may

it take for that to occur? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Viral load can decrease to undetectable levels after acute infection sometime within the first 4-12 weeks. This only happens in a small number of patients and may be related to the type of virus or immune response that the person can generate. The majority of people have some level of detectable viral load (so called set point). This level will be maintained for some period of months to years in the absence of therapy. The higher the level after seroconversion, the more quickly a person will have disease progression.


Reason for lowered viral load
Viral Load (bDNA) at 4 weeks

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