|low viral load and passing on the virus
Oct 5, 1998
if someone has a very low vload is it harder for them to pass the virus as someone who has a very high vload?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Yes, but plasma viral load is only one component. One also has to realize that HIV infected cells are also present in blood, semen, and vaginal-cervical secretions. Just because someone has a low or undetectable viral load in the blood, does not mean that there are no HIV infected cells present in the blood. The current viral load tests do not measure the number of infected cells in the blood, nor do they measure viral load in other body fluids, which can be a different level then what is measured in the blood. MH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.