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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

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