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High Viral Load Early Stage

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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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Negative Elisa but Indeterminate WB - PLEASE HELP

Dear Doctor, thanks a lot for your good work and I hope I am at the right forum for this question. 7 days back , I had one instance of unprotected oral and vaginal sex with a Russian commercial sex worker . With in 86 hours of this sexual act, I...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Let me try to make this response as simple as possible: if you want to know you your HIV status, get tested at least three months after your exposure. Getting your partners tested and obssessing about the details will not give you the answer that... Read more »


HiHow accurate is a PCR test and Elisa done at the same time and would being on PEP (combivir) affect the results in detecting HIV ? Thanks
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
...weeks should have "converted" to positive. If we feel, due to symptoms, that a person is acutely infected, we may do a PCR or "viral load" test. At that early stage of infection the viral load should be very high. The problem with using PCR to... 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 »

Should we abstain from sex for now?

I am 44, had been monogamous with my husband 13 years, until an affair in late Dec./early Jan. when hubby and I separated for a short time. We got back together 1/13, and on 1/31 I got sick. Fever, extreme fatigue, malaise, rash on my chest,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...about your recent HIV diagnosis. Regarding HIV-transmission risk, it is true that "infectiousness" is higher when plasma HIV viral load is higher (and vice versa). At this point, you and your husband are a magnetic couple (one positive, one... 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 »
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 Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

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 »
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 »
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HIV Skin Symptoms (Pics) Please Read

Posted by WorriedOne, 2 Replies 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 »

feeling insecure, scared and terrified of meds

Posted by movingon, 3 Replies
...managable illness" when i dont even feel sick, infact i feel as fit as i have ever felt. However, with my CD 4 as it is, and my high viral load , i am having to face the possiblity of starting medication pretty soon. Will these make me feel shit... 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 »

hiv question

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies is so fragile and can't be caught easiliy only under certain circumstances. what are those certain circumstances? Does the viral load have to be very high? Do women catch it easier during ovulation? Do have to have a sore or cut? I am just... Read more »