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Can Viral Load Tests For Hiv Be Affected By Antibiotics

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ANTIBIOTICS AND VL TESTS

Dear ExpertI was diagnosed on 25 October 2007 with hiv. My first numbers were as follows: CD4 Count = 768, viral load= 898 My last numbers (taken on 16 May 2009) were as follows: CD4 % = 39.50%, cd 4 count = 1078 viral load 2808 rna copies, 3.448...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,1. Antibiotics do not affect HIV test results, including HIV RNA PCR viral load results. However, infections (and also vaccinations) could cause a transient rise in HIV plasma viral load levels. I would recommend Read more »

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