|viral load test
May 7, 2012
hi doc, i read in an article : "The viral load test results can be thrown off if your body is fighting an infection, or if you have just received an immunization (like a flu shot). You should not have blood taken for a viral load test within four weeks of any infection or immunization." why the test result is thrown off? regards.
| Response from Dr. Young
HIV viral loads can be elevated when the immune system is activated. As such, viral load testing isn't recommended to assess ART when you've recently had a vaccination or infection (herpes, sinus infection, bronchitis).
Viral load testing isn't recommended or approved for testing chronic HIV infection; only antibody testing should be used in this setting.
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