Sep 18, 2000
I'M HIV+ AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WAS MADE A VIRAL LOAD TO ME. TODAY I PICK IT UP THE RESULTS BUT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT. THE RESULTS IS AS FOLLOWS: CD4 (HELPER CELLS) 15 L CD4+ CELLS 231 L VIRAL LOAD: RNA QUANTITATIVE bDNA, 3RD GENERATION COPIES/ML (VERSION 3.0) 2920 H COPIES/ML LOGCOPIES/ML (VERSION 3.0) 3.47 H LOGCOPIES/ML REFERENCE RANGE: LESS THAN 1.7 PLEASE BE SO KIND AND EXPLAIN ME WHAT'S MEAN THIS. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Your CD4 count and percentage are moderately low. By definition, you DO NOT have AIDS. That requires a CD4 count of < 200 or 14%. Your viral load is in the low-moderate range. A "normal" viral load (in uninfected people), would be undetectable (< 50 copies/ml, these assays do not have a lower limit that is 0). Many people we see that are receiving treatment for HIV also can have viral loads < 50. The log copies are just another way of stating the same number. The relationship goes like this: 1 log (10 copies), 2 (100), 3 (1,000), 4 (10,000), 5 (100,00) and so on. For you 2,920 copies equals 3.47 log copies.
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