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resistance testing
Jul 1, 2006

Diagnosed end of last year with VL consistantly less than 1000, normal CD4 and percents. So meds a few years away I hope. I read that it's important to have resistance testing ASAP but with a VL so low can't be done. Am I actually at a disadavantage when it finally comes time for meds?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

While resistance testing is very important and recommended for patients, your viral load (fortunately in most regards) may be too low to obtain a resistance test. Check with your doctor as to which commercial lab he/she's using-- Monogram will perform testing on samples with viral loads greater than 500 copies; others will use a 1000 copy cut off.

Not to worry, it would still be worth getting the test, though you may have to wait a while-- at least until your viral load is reliably above 500-1000 copies.

Hope this helps. BY



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