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causes of increased vl
Sep 14, 2002

Just as an accute infection can cause a vl to go up, what about an accute injury? For example breaking an arm or injuries(sprains contusions)relating to an accident?Could this cause the vl to rise and will it go back down? If it does will it take the time it takes to heal from the injury?thank you

Response from Dr. Young

I'm not aware of the effects of acute injury, but it is reasonable to suspect that there could be an effect. If this is true, then the rise in VL is likely to be relatively small, and short lived. Typically, the viral load should return to normal (undetectable) within a couple weeks after the resolution of the injury (by extrapolation of what happens after an acute infection). -BY

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