Does A Viral Load Tell How Long You Had Hiv

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Viral Load Tests

... What Is Viral Load? How Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount
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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 »

low viral load?

My husband was diagnosed 2 years ago, although we are not sure how long he's been infected for. we have been together in a monogamous relationship for 7 years and I am negative (plus we have a 4 year old child) He has recently had a viral load test...
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
...His viral load would be considered low. His absolute CD4 count has varied, but it is within the normal range. I suspect his CD4 percent is a Read more »

Low CD4 & High Viral Load

I asked this question before but cant find the answer,August 06 CD4 was 553 & V/L was 200,000.Feb 07 CD4 was 479 & V/L was 264,000.Jun 07 CD4 was 553 & V/L not checked.My doctor has told me not to worry until my CD4 goes to 250 and he will put me on...
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
...has changed at all. Although your CD4 count is in the normal range, the CD4 percent may have begun to drop because of the high viral load. That viral load is extremely high, and although your CD4 count is in the normal range now, it is unlikely... Read more »

Treatment Naive and Viral load roller coaster

Hello,I'm a 44 year old male. Aware of my date of contraction and had acute symptoms that alerted me to the situation. My initial Viral loads were 500-600K but that was still while I was in the acute phase. I immediately enrolled in a trial for...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...It is unfortunate that the first regimen did not get your viral load to undetectable levels. I suspect you may have acquired a drug resistant virus that led to the less than optimal response. Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV-Positive People on Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment Continue to Have Low HIV Viral Loads, Study Finds

... HIV-positive people who take antiretroviral drugs for several years continue to have low HIVviral loads, according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , BBC News reports. For Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...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... Read more »
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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 »