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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 part of good health care. Lab testsare important tools that help you and your health care provider
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CD4 dropped/viral load relatively stable

My partner's CD4 dropped from 550 to 440 in the last 3 months, and his viral load remained relatively stable at about 80 (I'm not sure what units these are in - something else I have some confusion about). He seroconverted about 4 years ago and has...
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
...not changed even though the CD4 count appears to have declined. I would find it difficult to believe that given that very low viral load that the decline in CD4 count is a real one. Viral load is usually expressed in copies per milliliter of... Read more »

Relation Viral Load & Reservoirs

Hi Dr. Mark i have a doubt. What is the relation between the viral load and the size of the reservoirs. For example, i have a very low viral load (around 600 copies/ml with out treatment and 560 CD4/mm3). It means that the size of my reservoirs is...
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
Both your answers are true. You have less virus, and virally infected cells, and your immune system is better at controlling ongoing viral replication and infection of uninfected cells. Read more »

Viral Load

what does a viral load of 5300 mean and how to keep i healthy.How should one keep the cd4 at acceptable level befor starting medication.
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for your question. A viral load is a measure of how much virus is in a drop of blood. The height of the number can help us predict how quickly a person may Read more »

please explain viral load and cd4 counts..

Hi Dr Robert, l have been recently infected with hiv and my doctor has been monotoring my blood for 4 months, l am not on meds yet first test ! and cd4 430 and my second test cd4 375 and % and viral load 14,000 my 3rd test was cd4 460 and viral load...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation are indeed "recently infected" as well as recently diagnosed, it is not uncommon for the CD4 count to initially drop and viral load to skyrocket. Then as your immune response begins to fight back against HIV infection the CD4 count increases... 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 »
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 »
AIDS InfoNet

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 Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Treatment Interruptions

...structured or strategic treatment interruptions (STIs), or structured intermittent therapy (SIT). During most treatment breaks, the viral load climbs very quickly and CD4 cell counts drop. Some people get the same symptoms as if they were newly... Read more »
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viral load

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 »

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 »

Should i Start medication???

Posted by coconyc, 3 Replies
Hi im Coco from nyc I though the benefit or getting tested its to find out the virus in a early time so u can get a good treatment that prolong ur life in a better condition, i got my first results a month ago and i got CD4:276 and VL: 3616, so my... 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 »