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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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