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      #14002 - 12/19/00 06:28 PM

At what number do they consider the viral load being dangerous or harmful? Also I am interested in conecting with other people living with HIV please contact me at Thank you very much

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Re: viral load new
      #14027 - 12/19/00 08:46 PM

At what number do they consider the viral load being dangerous or harmful?

DEPENDS on who they are. Different doctors have different opinions. It's an art not a science at this point.

It's important to know what you are risking. CD4 T-cells are programed to be (almost) entirely specific to a chunk of an invader (called an antigen.) It is easy to make more of a particular T-cell if there are many of them because they will reproduce by dividing (call mitosis or cloning.) However, if all of the T-cells that are specific one antigen are killed it is hard to get that back (read may take a long time or may not ever happen.)

The analogy is like playing scrabble. All of the letter "E"s (CD4 T-cells) might be lost and this makes it harder to make a word (fight an infection.)

You can let your viral load go as high as you like, but you will be risking losing something you might need and not be able to get back.

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