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Viral Load and HIV associated inflammation
Apr 28, 2010

If V-Load is <10 copies, is that a good indicator of low to almost none existent inflammation that may be associated with Pulmonary Hypertension? I searched The Body and found an article on PAH and it's possible associated with HIV and thus this question came to mind.

Response from Dr. Henry

Inflammation /immune activation often remains higher in HIV+ persons than in HIV- persons even when on effective therapy and than may contribute to risk for a range of non-AIDS conditions (such as heart disease, cancer, and other possibly pulmonary hypertension). A higher CD4 count along with undetectable viral levels may be associated with lower levels of persistent inflammation but more work on that is needed to understand clinical significance. KH



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