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Does A Viral Load Test Measure The Amount Of Hiv Itself

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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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Undetecable viral load

hi! i've been positive for about two years now, and i've been taking Atripla since August, with great results! my cd4 count is up to 700 and my viral unload is now undetectable. but my question is, what does that mean, 'undetecable'?thanks so...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi jpb,You've been positive for two years and your HIV doctor hasn't explained what an "undetectable" viral load means? HIV plasma viral load tests measure the amount of HIV in blood. These tests measure copies of HIV in a single drop of Read more »

Viral load test and HIV-2

Does the newer viral load tests also pick up HIV-2? My doctor said it does. Is that correct?
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
...Viral load tests only measure the amount of HIV-1 in the blood. Antibody tests are available which detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and 2.MH Read more »

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 »
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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 »
The Body

HIV Monitoring Test Basics

...to control it. However, every person who tests HIV positive should immediately have two additional tests: a CD4 count and a viral load test. These tests are the critical measuring tools you and your health care provider will use to see what the... 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 »
AIDSinfo

Seeing an HIV Doctor

... Terms Used in This Fact Sheet Baseline: an initial measurement (such as CD4 count or viral load) made before starting therapy and used as a reference point to monitor your HIV infection. Kidney function tests: blood and Read more »
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hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...took hiv viral load after 6 months exposure they did the old hiv viral load not the one that can detect down to 20 copies hiv viral load <400. Read more »

Info from NYC dept of health? Is 4 weeks suffice?

Posted by Anonymous
...soon as the person is infected. It is usually used to find HIV infection in newborns. A different type of PCR test, called a viral load test, is used to measure the amount of HIV in the blood of someone who is already known to be infected.... Read more »

Viral load, MOS-HIV, are you tracking?

Posted by annasearch, 2 Replies
...learning about HIV and how to help people better manage HIV and AIDS. I was wondering, do people in the community track data? Viral load, CD4 count etc. Does anyone know their WHO stage of HIV/AIDS and also, when you go to the doctor are you ever... Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...routine. Despite the availability of a reliable method to detect this initial phase of infection, the polymerase chain reaction viral load test, medical providers worldwide will diagnose only about one of every 60,000 cases of acute HIV... Read more »