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Less-Accurate Viral Load testing
Mar 1, 1999

My DR thinks that, since my viral load (no-matter-what) is always greater-than 500,000, then it really does not need to be more precisely quantified. Is that true?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

YES. That is an extremely high viral load and requires prompt treatment, or a change in the regimen if you are already receiving treatment. That viral load indicates that the HIV infection is chewing up alot of T cells at a very high rate. At that level it doesn't matter if it is 500,000 or 2 million. MH



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