|what is considered a "high" viral load?
Feb 27, 2004
i just read an answer of urs wherein u mention "high" viral load. Ur not the only one that uses that phrase. I always what people consider a high viral load since i've been told that viral loads can go into the millions(or am i mistaken?) Is there an official "high" viral load number like an official T cell count like 200 T cells means start bactrim or 350 T cells means start meds -- all according to, i guess, CDC (Center for Disease Control). (I often wish people would put their acronyms into definition since I sometimes forget that PI means Protease Inhibitor so that i miss the entire point of the question and answer when only initials or acronyms are given.) So what is the "official" cut off point or definition of "high" viral load?
| Response from Dr. Henry
The definition would be arbitrary but some studies have shown that levels > 100,000 copies/ml seem to indicate a worse prognosis. KH
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