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High Viral Load And Prognosis

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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 Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount
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Low CD4 High Viral Load and 2 OIs in 6 months

My sister was recently diagnosed with Toxoplasmosis and 6 months ago she was admitted with pneumonia. Her CD4 is 20, CD8 is 68, and her viral load is 350,000. She had not been taking any meds for quite a while. They discharged her with the toxo...
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
She has fairly advanced HIV infection and AIDS. HIV treatment should be started immediately, along with the toxo treatment. I would also suggest getting a HIV resistance test to determine whether her virus strain is resistant to any HIV drugs. Yes,... 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 »


Hey Doc,About 6 months ago my viral load was less then 80. 3 months later I went back to the doctor and recieved a flu shot then had my viral retaken right after the shot when I got the numbers back it went up to 500 hundred (not thousand). Is that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(Answer That Never Changes). But since it's flu shot season, I'll gladly repost something from the archives.Stay well!Dr. BobVIRAL LOAD, FLU, and FLU SHOTSOct 20, 2006 Hey Dr. BOB I know it's probably not a good thing to get the flu if we've... Read more »

Viral Load and Prognosis

Hi,I was just diagnosed with AIDS. My CD4 count is 37 with a VL of 31000. Prior to this I have never received any HIV medication. I was told by my doctor that my progression was slow. I have been reading messages from this forum and have noticed...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
...The best way to explain this is to go back to our basic understanding of viral load and CD4 counts and what they mean. CD4 count measures the degree of damage to the immune system, and 37 is pretty low, as you 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 »
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 »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV Viral Load Testing

... As a person with HIV, having your viral load tested will likely be an importantpart of your plan to stay healthy. You will have the test done regularly,and it will be Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevalence and Predictive Value of Overweight in an Urban HIV Care Clinic

...acknowledge underweight than overweight. Among patients without AIDS, there was a trend toward slower disease progression and lower viral load in overweight patients, despite similar baseline CD4+ lymphocyte counts and similar time to initiation... Read more »
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CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
...I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »

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

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Does the viral load go up after exposure or during ARS ? And then does it go back down after 6 months? Read more »

Listen to the Experts

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Posted: May 16, 2004 Dear Mark, I have recently tested positive for HIV through a DNA PCR test at 4 weeks. At 6 weeks my RNA viral load came back "undetected". At 9 weeks my ELISA came back positive. The doctor then ordered another RNA Viral... Read more »