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High Viral Load At Diagnosis

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No Treatment: Recent Diagnosis: CD4 High, Incrasing Viral Load Also Increasing

Hi Doctor,CD4, measured 2 months apart is up from 910 to 988, viral load up from 20,000 to 60,00 in the same period. -Initial somewhat severe seroconversion illness a few weeks before intitial blood test, (and a few weeks after likely infection....
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 being clinically significant. There is a natural variability in CD4 count. The CD4% is a more stable number over time. The viral load test has an assay variability of about 3-fold (3 times up or down). Given that your CD4 count is in the... Read more »

Seroconversion and a Dr's Diagnosis

My GP & HIV DR's in '06 diagnosed me as HIV+ and he said that it was a recent infection calling it... Read more »

Does 13% CD4 (< 14%) give me an AIDS diagnosis? (HIV VERSUS AIDS DIAGNOSIS DEFINITION 2009)

This site has really been my best source of information and education and for that I am very... 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 »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Somatic Symptoms: Mental Health Approach and Differential Diagnosis

... Table 2. HIV-Related Physical Examination Laboratory assessment Immunologic and virologic assessment CD4 count Viral load Significant decline in immune function and high levels of viremia are often associated with somatic complaints... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vital Signs: HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adults -- United States, 2001 - 2009

...aware that they are infected with the virus in the USA. AIDS 2006;20:1447-50. Quinn TC, Wawer MJ, Sewankambo N, et al. Viral load and heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus type 1. N Engl J Med 2000;342:921-9. ... 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 »
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Posted by Anonymous, 10 Replies
...want not to be a drama queen or neurotic, and deal with this all calmly...but its damn hard.....Still am testing negative..with viral load of 1000 as of 4 weeks blood draws will tell me next monday where cd4 count and viral load is... Read more »


Posted by sbev1981, 2 Replies move. What this means is you will eventually take a test if you haven't already to see where your CD4 count is and your Viral Load is. To help you understand this better and quicker your CD4 is your body's army that fight off virus such as a... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
...positive and healthy on no meds for the last 8 years. Now my cd4 count which was about 600 is down to 170 and my once undetectable viral load is now detectable. What's the average timeframe a person survives after an AIDS diagnosis ? I want to... Read more »

PCRs ARE used for diagnosis!

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Enough of the idea that the ELISA test is the only test used by doctors for diagnosing HIV infection!!! In fact, ELISAs are utterly useless in identifying infection in newborns and individuals suffering from immuno-suppression!! Read more »