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Early Hiv And High Viral Load

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The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...When a combination of HIV drugs (regimen) is working, the viral load usually goes down within weeks of 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 should talk to your health care provider about switching drugs. You should also tell him or her if...
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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 »

High Viral Load..

Diagnosed poz 6/4 of this year. No symptoms - appeared as part of my annual physical/blood work. Follow up tests showed CD4 at 298/20%. Viral load was a whopping 262,000. Last HIV test was Nov '05....the hiv specialist and I have agreed to wait...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...Viral loads are often in the millions in acute infection, and after 6 months they fall to a 'set point' that is a predictor of the risk Read more »

Viral Load

My husband was recently diagnosed HIV+ (my first test was negative). His T-cell count is 231 and viral load 171,000. Please explain what viral load is and what is considered high. I have very little indepth knowledge of the disease and any help...
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 is quite high and his T cells are moderately low, but not that bad. Viral load is a measure of the number of HIV virus copies Read more »

High virus load

Hi,After experience some acute hiv symptoms, I was diagnosed with hiv (Sept. 2006). The hiv antibody test only became positive in November 2007.In january 2007 I made the first VL and CD4 test (vl=124000). Since the hospital lost the CD4 results, I...
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
...First there is no real difference between the first viral load and second viral load values. They are within the range of assay variability. Second, if the timing of infection is correct, 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 »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Battle of the Sexes: Gender-Based Differences in HIV Viral Load

...same method when tracking viral load over time and not to compare results from two different testing methods. Current Use of Viral Load Measurements The use of viral load in the management of HIV infection is a rapidly changing and... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Viral Load Testing

...directly . Why is indirect or direct measurement important? Because the same sample, tested with both tests, will give different viral load measurements. Here's another way to think of the differences between these two tests: One way to describe... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be produced. See Fact Sheet 102 for more information. However, the viral load test (see Fact Sheet 125 ) measures the virus itself. Before the immune system produces antibodies to fight... Read more »
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HIV Skin Symptoms (Pics) Please Read

Posted by WorriedOne, 2 Replies
...it was one of the first signs that I started to worry. Is it possible that OHL can show up in early stages especially if the viral load is high? Last summer, around June/July (almost a year after possible exposure) I noticed a small brownish... 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 »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...The Failure of Viral Load Tests JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Read more »

Dr. Bob answered my question about safe sex!!!

Posted by dj1979, 4 Replies
...I am just too highly infectious, and the 90% protection from condoms isn't enough right now. Keep in mind at this point, no viral load or CD4 numbers yet - those were drawn Thurs. He said my immune system is just now starting to win the fight... Read more »