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How Long After A Pneumonia Should Take Viral Load Test

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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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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 »

Can Bactrum cause a decrease in cd4 or increase in viral load?

My first set of labs came back with cd4 at 299 and viral load at 6,000. Dr. suggested starting meds. I think its too soon. He then put me on long term bactrum and ran labs a month later...cd4 246 and viral load 14,000. Any coralation?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES, there's no correlation between your lab changes and the use of Bactrim (sulfa)-- the changes in your CD4 count and viral load are well within the normal variation of the tests.On a separate note, if your doctor has placed you on Bactrim... 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 available in '85. Donate blood from '82 also contained the virus confirmed by the CDC. His viral load and T cell count have both dropped according to his...
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
...change from 18 to 8 is not significant. Cells are measured in # cells/mm3, or in percentage of CD4 cells. Likewise at such high viral load levels, a change from 250-650,000 is actually within assay variability. We usually look for changes of... Read more »

strep throat causes increased viral load?

Every time I take my son to the HIV clinic, they talk about a different reason to change his medication regimen(zerit,viramune,and videx) to a protease inhibitor regimen. Sometimes they talk about viral load, sometimes about the percentage of...
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
...Dear Mom, your doctors are trying to get your son's viral load below detectable levels. It sounds like the combination he is on now is not doing the trick. We know that some infections can 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 »
AIDS InfoNet

CD4 Cell Tests

...than 14%, is considered to have AIDS according to the US Centers for Disease Control. CD4 counts are used together with the viral load to estimate how long someone will stay healthy. See Fact Sheet 125 for more information on the viral load... 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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Tested poz early this month

Posted by thevillebear, 7 Replies diagnosis she let me know that while my life will be more complicated from here on out, the treatments have really come a long way and with proper treatment there is no reason why I shouldnt remain healthy. I am going to schedule an... Read more »

Viral Load Testing.

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...tingling in my legs, numbness in fingertips. While he didn't necessarily think those symptoms were HIV related, he did offer a viral load test. He didn't exactly come out and say that he didn't put alot of faith in the HIV antibody test but I... Read more »

I just tested positive and I'm scared

Posted by new2this, 10 Replies
...look forward to, or welcome death, I'm just very scared and do not have enough information to deal with it. I don't know how long I've been positive but with my luck, I have been positive far too long for the treatments to work. I just need... 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 »