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VL 20?
Jan 24, 2005

greetings from one small european country! I have been on HAART since february 04 and my VL decreased from 600,000 to 1640, 0 and 0 (with 3 months period from each other tests). Last test show VL 20 (amplicor ultrasensitive 1.5) and I was surprised thinking it can not show results under 50. Still didnt have chance to speak with doctor so I am really affraid if it is early sign of virologic failure, lab mistake or something third?

Response from Dr. Sherer

The lower range for both the 1.0 and 1.5 Amplicor ultrasensitive assay is < 50 copies/ml. I agree with you, this test is not capable of detecting values below 50 copies/ml. Perhaps this represents a typographical or clerical error.

More generally, I would not be concerned about a single viral load value at such a low level. I suggest that you talk to your doctor about this result.


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