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Can Viral Load Tests Be Thrown Off By Antibiotics

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Viral load spike because of alchol,antibiotics, and imunization

Hi,I had labs results read to me and to my surprise my viral load went up from 150 to 300 and my CD4 count, went down from 305 to 260. I Only been in treatment 4 month and it seemed that therapy was working worried here. I have not missed a dose of...
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
Take your medications as prescribed every day, and stay away from heavy alcohol intake. You will likely see a turn around on your next set of labs. Read more »

Does antibiotic or an infection alter CD4 and viral load results?

Dear Dr. Mark HolodniyI have been positive since an year and am not on medications. My CD4 values... Read more »

Antibiotics, infections and viral load

Dear Dr. Holodniy,1. What affect, if any, will antibiotic treatment have on the viral load tests? ... 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 »

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Posted by kaliboo, 2 Replies
...I've been trying to find out what your viral load is (approximately, of course) shortly after being infected... and have had no luck... So I guess I'm just wondering... what Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Does the viral load go up after exposure or during ARS ? And then does it go back down after 6 months? Read more »

Viral Load Testing.

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...tingling in my legs, numbness in fingertips. While he didn't necessarily think those symptoms were HIV related, he did offer a viral load test. He didn't exactly come out and say that he didn't put alot of faith in the HIV antibody test but I... Read more »