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How Often To Measure Viral Load

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viral load measurement

If there are many different stains of HIV, how do they measure the viral load? Do they test for all the different strains?Mine is "undetectable", but how do I know they are testing for the strain that I have?
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...The viral load assays that are commonly used in the US at present do measure RNA from both B clade - the most common in North America - and Read more »

viral load measurement

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

Follow up: viral load measurement

Dear Mark: Thank you for the prompt reply to my previous query (attached below). The person in... 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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Scientists Receive Grant to Develop Hand-Held Self-Monitoring Test for HIV Viral Loads

...grant worth two million euros, or about $2.67 million, to develop a self-monitoring system for HIV-positive people that measures viral loads through a finger-prick of blood, BBC News reports. The device's sensors, called microcantilever arrays,... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

viral load

Posted by kaliboo, 2 Replies
...I've been trying to find out what your viral load is (approximately, of course) shortly after being infected... and have had no luck... So I guess I'm just wondering... what 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 »