Can I Catch Hiv From Someone With A Zero Viral Load

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The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...When a combination of HIV drugs (regimen) is working, the viral load usually goes down within weeks of starting the drugs. If your viral load goes up while taking HIV drugs, you and your health care provider should take another viral load measurement. If that result is the same or higher, your drugs may not be working as well as they should. You should talk to your health care provider about switching drugs. You should also tell him or her if...
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hiv-2, can viral load be measured?

Dear Dr. Holodniy,I was just diagnosed with hiv-2 (which I got last year on a trip to Amsterdam, even though I used protection with the woman). Seroconverted after 6 months (somewhere beteween 6 and 11 months).The worst part is, no one knows...
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
...There are no commercially available HIV-2 quantitative viral load tests. People have developed and described "homebrew" PCR based viral load tests to describe some of the findings you described. Read more »

Undetectable Viral Load Infection and Superinfection (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2009) (SUPERINFECTION, 2009)

Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...labor-intensive and highly expensive laboratory analysis. What has been conclusively proven is that HIVers with an undetectable HIV plasma viral load can transmit their virus to others. Generally speaking it is felt that superinfections (dual... Read more »

HIV VIRAL LOAD AND CD4 COUNT

I've recently been diagnosed with HIV. Upon initial investigation to my unknown illness (seroconversion) blood was taken to reveal HIV-1 RNA copies/mL 46141. Eight days later this number increased to HIV-1 RNA copies/mL 3910402.Unfortunately, the...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...million is more in keeping with an acute HIV infection (acute retroviral syndrome). There are processing reasons that can make a viral load measurement less than accurate. But there is no doubt that HIV is present. The Western blot can evolve... Read more »

Hep C Viral Load vs HIV Viral Load

About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with having Hep C. My Mother was able to get me on medication which was a combination of Interferon, and Riboviron (spelling on both) It was a shot 3 times a week with a number of pills in the morning, and at...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...I suspect you had testing of your hepatitis C viral load test with an ultrasensitive assay and you have a viral load that is nearly non-detectable. Yes, I agree that you need follow Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Report on Using HIV Viral Load as Measure of Quality of Care; AIDS Epidemic Among Black Americans; Coalition to Secure CARE Act Reauthorization

... " The Role of the Viral Load as a Measure of the Quality of Care for People Living With HIV: The Expert Meeting Report ," New York State Health Department 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 Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

... Viral Load Basics | Viral Load Test Results | Viral Load and HIV Treatment | Viral Load "Blips" | Viral Load and HIV Transmission Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools Viral Load Test Resistance Test Tropism Test Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary Read more »