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viral load
Apr 18, 2013

My cousin's viral load is 19100 copies/mL. What it shows?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello,

The viral load is a test to measure the amount of virus circulating in the blood. A HIV viral load of ~20,000 is a common, average level for someone not taking HIV medications.

Viral loads should reach undetectable levels within a few months of starting (and adhering to) HIV medications. For more information about viral loads, look at this page from AIDSInfonet.

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