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How Long Does A Viral Load Test Take

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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 of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a...
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How long after seroconversion will viral loads and CD4 counts be the "baseline?"

Hi,I tested positive June 17th after being sick for a month. I had only felt better for two days when my labs were done. (062007)My CD4 count was 314; my viral load was >100000. (one-hundred thousand). I am going to see someone at a...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.If you tested "positive", then by definition, you weren't seroconverting. If there's any doubt, a repeat set of labs when you see the HIV clinic (a month after the first labs) would help sort out the issue.BY... Read more »

Lived OK with 200000 viral load a long time OK?

I am a French 32 year old man living between France and Britain. I've been HIV+ since 02.1988. My viral load has been always high (minimum of 150000). I take my pills always at the right time. I started Nelfinavir+D4T+Nevirapine a few weeks ago...
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 did not say what your CD4 cell number was with such a high viral load and whether it had stayed stable and high, or has been declining and is low. You have passed the first and second hurdles which are time and attitude. You may in fact still be... Read more »

Long term risk of low CD4 in the setting of undetectable viral load.

Hi Dr Ben, I have been positive for 6 years, and undetectable for 5, but my CD4 has struggled around 250 for that period. The percentage has hovered around 28. It has recently come to light through investigation of my medical records - for an...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello M, and thanks for posting.I have managed a few patients like you in my years, but truth be told, there are only a few. If we can extrapolate from the HIV/AIDS lessons about CD4s, your risk of complications only really rises when your counts... Read more »

long term impact of low numbers? (CD4 COUNTS NOT INCREASING DESPITE UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD, 2011)

Hi Dr Frascino,First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your excellent foundation and the work you do here.Okay, I was infected in April 2008, and on meds by August of the same year, as my CD4 count was 190 (14%). However despite...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello M,That your CD4% increased from 14% to 30% shows considerable immune reconstitution. The persistently low absolute CD4 count could be related to a number of factors. See below.Are you being unduly pessimistic? Probably. However, none of us has... Read more »
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Viral Load Testing.

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
I went to see a doctor today who does internal medicine and is also a HIV specialist. I told him about all of the HIV tests I've had done over the past few weeks i.e several tests where I tested negative and the last one at just over 11 weeks where... Read more »

Rising viral load?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
What does it mean when you're viral load is stable for a long time and then suddenly starts jumping a lot? my other #'s are going down too. I dont know whats wrong with me or why this is hapening but maybe someone here knows what could cause this.... Read more »

Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Viral load testing is a deceptive practice, as the results are skewed in such a way as to reflect a number of viral units that is far greater than the number of CD4 cell units.

For example: let's assume your viral load results are 100,000 and your... Read more »

Help me make sense of these results if you can - low viral load

Posted by Souledout, 5 Replies
Hi, I tested positive on 18th september. Massive shock all round and then the usual route of worry, stress and then acceptance. Great support from my friends and partner which has helped a great deal.

My doctor thinks my infection was in the last 3... Read more »