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How Often Is The Viral Load Checked

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Do we need to check viral load

My partner has been + for 4+ years, we are living in Cambodia and he is routinely screened every 3-6 months. It's not possible to have his viral load checked here but we could go to Thailand. His CD4 is currently 700+...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The plasma HIV level is not critical in many situations for the decision of starting HIV treatment. Clinical status and CD4 count can be used in many situations for monitoring. HIV RNA levels are often useful in monitoring effective HIV therapy once... Read more »

cd4 count rises but viral load stays stays same from last labs

I am poz for over a yr. I have been on reyataz and combivir for a while. In june my labs were vl... Read more »

Viral load undetectable, but Tcells are up and down

I have just recently had my 3 month checkup and not sure what to make of these numbers. I first... Read more »

Checking for Resistance

How do you find out if your virus is resistant to any of your current medications? One way is by monitoring your viral load every three to four months. This will allow you and your doctor to see how the HIV in your body is responding to treatment. ... Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests

Don't see your question? Ask it in our Understanding Your Labs forum or Choosing Your Meds forum ! Viral Load Basics | Viral Load Test Results | Viral Load and HIV Treatment | Viral Load "Blips" | Viral Load and HIV Transmission Viral... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV Viral Load Testing

As a person with HIV, having your viral load tested will likely be an importantpart of your plan to stay healthy. You will have the test done regularly,and it will be one of several factorsyou and your doctor will look at whendeciding how to... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

Table of Contents What Is a Viral Load? How Are Viral Load Results Used? When Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells.... Read more »
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Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Viral load testing is a deceptive practice, as the results are skewed in such a way as to reflect a number of viral units that is far greater than the number of CD4 cell units.

For example: let's assume your viral load results are 100,000 and your... Read more »

Waiting on viral load and cd4

Posted by hivstudent, 1 Reply
I am waiting on my Viral Load and CD4+ count for the first time after diagnosis! and It is gonna be 2 weeks until I can get them, due to Orthodox Easter vacations.
if some of you has read my last post you would know, I am 3rd year med student! and... Read more »

33rd day elisa,cd4 count, and Viral load accurate?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey all. Im the "oral DOES =HIV" guy. Well it looks like gmanbill and deb tex are right on. just one question. I went to the doctor and told him my symptoms. He checked me out from head to toe. He was just as concerned as I was, as I had swollen... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »