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What VL level to test?
Nov 22, 2002

Hi,

My vl just went up from less than 20 copies to 150. While it could be a blip, I am still going to have a resistance test run. Is a resistance test accurate at this low level of viral load or should I wait till it's over, say, 1000 copies or so?

Response from Dr. Little

Resistance tests are not routinely successful in patients with viral load levels of less than 500-1,000 (depending on the assay). At a viral load of 150, I would be suprised if your test could be run - good luck.


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