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How Is Viral Load Measured

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What does viral load measure?

I phoned the lab where the viral load is measured and they told me they really don't know what they are measuring.I have read viral load measures ALL virus dead or alive, which means viral particles that don't have an affect on the body will be...
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
...You are correct, viral load measures all viral particles that contain HIV RNA. The test cannot distinguish between infectious and noninfectious particles. Read more »

How is viral load measured? (unit used)

I've recently had a friend move in my home who tested positive when the HIV test was first made... Read more »

viral load measurement

Dear Mark:For a patient who has tested positive, but has an undetectable viral load via Amplicor... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Report on Using HIV Viral Load as Measure of Quality of Care; AIDS Epidemic Among Black Americans; Coalition to Secure CARE Act Reauthorization

... " The Role of the Viral Load as a Measure of the Quality of Care for People Living With HIV: The Expert Meeting Report ," New York State Health Department 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 »
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 »
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 »
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Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...copies, even when viral load is "high". Now, when you take into consideration that over 98% of the virus represented by the viral load measurement are noninfectious, another set of number emerges: 1) A viral load of 200 with a CD4 cell count of... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Viral Load

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...My question is if you have a viral load of undetctalble, is there a lower risk of infection to you partner. Read more »