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Lymph Node Fluid/Tissue Viral Load

Oct 29, 2001

We have been searching for criteria that will help us determine the risk levels asociated with lymph fluid or biopsy tissue. All sources seem to omit lymph fluid or tissue from the sources of HIV exposure.

Can you tell us whether lymph fluid or tissue (biopsy) from a known HIV positive patient is a high risk source for HIV transmission?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Indeed it is. On average, it is estimated that lymph nodes have over 100 times the amount of virus present in blood.

viral culture
viral load and risk of transmission

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