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Can Stress Elevate Your Viral Load

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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. HIV enters these cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce thousands of copies of HIV. As the virus grows, itdamages or kills CD4 cells, weakening your immune system. Viral load is the...
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First elevation in viral load

I recently got back my first test results to show detectable viral load in 4.5 years of infection and am concerned. The viral load on my latest tests is 1550 copies/ml. However, my CD4 and CD8 levels/percentages remain stable. The CD4/CD8...
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
Maybe. Blips happen. If a repeat test shows the same or higher result, then it is real. You need to make sure that there aren't other factors involved (ie, lab error and not your sample, adherence problems, other ongoing infections or medical... Read more »

elevated viral load

I got Hep C (type 1a) 22 years ago. My viral load just jumped from 600,000 to 6 million in 6 months. How alarmed should I be? My doctor does not recommend the interferon therapy because of limited cirrhosis (1+ on my biopsy 2 years ago) and...
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
That seems unlikely. I wonder if the assays were different between the two measurements? We don't have a lot of natural history data on HCV viral load like we do in HIV viral load, but what data exists suggests that the viral loads are... Read more »

Sudden Viral Load Elevation

I have been taking a drug combination of zerit/epivir/viracept for six years with relatively good success (CD4 +/- 375 and viral load undetectable) and with little side effects. Twelve weeks ago my viral load was at 1000 but the Dr was not overly...
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
Yes, in general, an increase in your viral laod to 27,000 (especially after a hint that things were not going well 12 weeks ago) would not leave me with a good feeling about continuing your current regimen. I would have performed a drug resistance... Read more »

can stress increase viral load?

Can stress have a negative effect on your viral load? I am taking my medication on time and have been practicing safe sex. I have been taking my ARVs for seven years. My viral load has been undetectable for a long time now. Went for a test last week...
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
We don't really have a good answer to this question, as the definition of what is stress for one person may not be the same for another. So it is hard to quantify what stress means and correlate that with viral load changes. Given the amount of... Read more »
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CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »

Help me make sense of these results if you can - low viral load

Posted by Souledout, 5 Replies
Hi, I tested positive on 18th september. Massive shock all round and then the usual route of worry, stress and then acceptance. Great support from my friends and partner which has helped a great deal.

My doctor thinks my infection was in the last 3... Read more »

Rising viral load?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
What does it mean when you're viral load is stable for a long time and then suddenly starts jumping a lot? my other #'s are going down too. I dont know whats wrong with me or why this is hapening but maybe someone here knows what could cause this.... Read more »

cd4 at 35 and viral load 521 advice please!!!!

Posted by poliwog, 5 Replies
I just got back my labs. I started on Combivir and Kaletra 6 months ago. My viral load was over 100K and mt cd4 at 90. Afer 6 months my VL wentr way down but my cd4 count is 35. I was given two meds to fight any possible secondary infections and... Read more »