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Women and HIV Viral Load

Table of Contents What Is a Viral Load? How Are Viral Load Results Used? When Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells. HIV enters these cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce thousands of copies of HIV. As the virus grows, itdamages or kills CD4 cells, weakening your immune system. Viral load is the...
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My doc told me that on treatment transmission risk is extremely low. Is he correct? (TRANSMISSION RISK WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD, 2009)

It is quite difficult to find specific answers and I was only able to find a study from Switzerland which seems very encouraging. I asked my doctor about the risks of transmission during effective HAART and he said that the risk is not zero but...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"It is quite difficult to find specific answers . . . ." WHAT??? Not here it isn't. Just use the search function and you'll find very specific answers to questions you've not even thought of asking yet. Go ahead. Give... Read more »

Importance of viral load info after high risk exposure and for prevention

I read a response to a guy who asked about the use of viral loads tests vs antibody testing in three months. I realize that the viral load is not diagnostic of HIV seroconversion, but it is important in prevention. Shouldn't people who have a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I think you may be confused. Let me try to explain. First off, I do not downplay the usefulness of knowing one's viral load, if (and that's a big if) one is HIV-positive. What I have repeatedly tried to stress is that due to limitations... Read more »

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
Hi,No, we do not have reliable information as to how often this phenomenon occurs. As you can probably imagine it is quite challenging to conclusively prove that a particular strain of HIV was transmitted to an already infected individual. This... Read more »

Unprotected Sex (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2008) (SUPERINFECTION)

Hi --I am an HIV+ man who seroconverted within the last year. I recently started dating another HIV+ man who has been positive for 22 years. I'm currently not on meds with a viral load under 400 and CD4 over 600. His viral load is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,This issue comes up frequently. (See below.) I have no new information to report. I would still advise against Brokeback Mountain barebacking no matter how hot your cowboy may be in the saddle.Dr. Bob??? (Findings Suggest HIV Can Be... Read more »
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Should I be worried about HIV-2 (high risk exposure, symptoms)

Posted by HIV2Scared, 1 Reply
Hello everyone!

I am a 20-year-old female who just returned from studying abroad in Cuba. I had unprotected vaginal sex one time with a bisexual man and gave him oral sex. He came in my mouth but did not come inside me during vaginal sex.

6 days... Read more »

LowRisk Sex with the HighRisk and salivary glands

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have had a swollen gland in the right side of my neck, under my jaw for about FIVE months. It is not tender, and flucuates in size. The GP thought it was a submandibular lymph node; however, the ENT believes it to be my submandibular salivary... Read more »

HIV RISK FROM PRE EJACULATORY FLUID AND SORE THROAT - ORAL SEX.

Posted by EduardoRomero31, 1 Reply
Hi everyone. I am a little concerned and I don't know if I am exaggerating but two days ago I performed oral sex on a man who is HIV + with UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD. I checked the head of the penis and it was dry so I started to lick the shaft and... 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 Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »