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Blood Work: Two Common Tests to Use for Monitoring HIV Disease

Introduction CD4 Cell Count Tests Why Do You Use CD4 Counts? CD4 Counts and When to Start Therapy What Do CD4 Counts Mean? Viral Load Tests How Often Should Viral Loads Be Tested? What Tests Are Used? Getting Viral Load Tests Viral Load and Women Interpreting Test Results Disease Progression and Therapy Commentary Introduction Two of the most common tests that you and your doctor will use to monitor your health are...
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rapid viral load drop on meds

I was diagnosed at the start of March 2012, my viral load at the time was 425 thousand (blood test 3/2/12). I started on medication on 3/23/12. My HIV specialist ordered new blood work at the same time which I did on 3/27/12. My viral load...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Not that unusual at all (though a new standard). Isentress-based regimens are associated with very, very rapid drops in HIV RNA (viral loads).I'm a bit confused as to your first-line regimen. It's not... Read more »

CD4 count dropping rapidly

I tested positive for HIV type 1 on april 1st. My last previous HIV test was 6 months ago and i was HIV negative then. I have always used condoms except for oral sex, so i didnt think i could ever become positive. My last check up was done this...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello, thanks for posting.I'm sorry to hear about your new diagnosis of HIV infection. Sometimes immediately after infection there is a rather precipitous decline in the CD4 count which subsequently rebounds on retesting.The only way to know... Read more »

CD4 and Viral Load dropping rapidly

My first test of CD4 was 540 and VL 42,391 that was in January 2003. I just just had them redone this week and they are now CD4 460 VL 63,000 and change. This seems like a tremendous drop to me in such a short time, am I correct in assuming this?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
The differences in viral load counts are not significantly different. We usually look for changes that are 2-3 times different. On the face of it, your CD4 count looks significantly different. We usually look for changes of 50 cells or more, or a... Read more »

Rapid drop on my cd4 count

Hi Mark,i was dignosed last year while i was pregnant, my cd4 was 798, i was put on lamzid and alluvia for the duration of my pregnancy, 6 weeks after giving birth i did other labs and my cd4 was 1095 vl undetectable, now after 6mother my labs came...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Assuming, you have been taking your HIV meds as prescribed, it doesn't make much sense. On the other hand, if the labs are repeated and your viral load is still elevated, then treatment failure could be occurring. I would then get a resistance... Read more »
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How Accurate is a Rapid Test?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone know how accurate the OraQuick blood drop test is?

Can this test be trusted? Read more »

Accuracy of Rapid Test?? 7.5 weeks

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is the accuracy of a rapid test (oraquick blood drop) at 7.5 weeks similar to an EIA or is it less accurate/sensitive?? Read more »

Rapid test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have take 2 rapid test one in March and then another in sept.

Rapid test was hemastrip test by pricking my finger and using blood.

how relible is the test. I was tested negative both the times

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Rapid HIV tests. PLEASE help!

Posted by asdf646, 2 Replies
Can anyone please give me any information about the accuracy of rapid HIV tests ( particularly the unigold finger prick).

I've had a negative result at 3, 6, and 12 months post exposure, but for some reason, I can't get the HIV scare out of my mind.... Read more »