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Is Low Viral Load Contagious

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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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Low Viral Load, Impossible to Transmit?

Someone we know has married an HIV+ person. His attitude towards HIV is very concerning for our family. He point blank, word for word said that it was IMPOSSIBLE to get HIV from HIM because his HIV is not contagious since his T Cells are low. (I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
HIV, even with an undetectable viral load, is potentially transmissible. For instance, his blood-to-blood scenario would definitely be extremely risky! However, without very specific circumstances blood-to-blood, unprotected sex, sharing... 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 »

CD4 over 1000,still contagious as the DR has said? (ELITE CONTROLLERS, 2009)

My GF has tested positive for over 10 years, but the viral load has always been undetecable as she says, and her CD4 always over 1000. She is not on any meds, nor does she ever seem sick. I am a female as well, what are the risk involved when we...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,It is possible that your girlfriend is an "elite controller." See below. This may well decrease the chance that she could transmit the virus to others; however, it does not completely eliminate that chance. Safer sexual techniques... Read more »

Low Viral load and Low CD4

My Viral load is non detectable and my CD4 is very low 77. Someone told me that this can't be and that my viral load should be much higher because of my low CD4. ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,With such limited information it's difficult for me to comment specifically. In general it is true that in untreated HIV disease as the CD4 count plummets the HIV plasma viral load often increases. I don't know if you are on... Read more »
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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 »

cd4 at 35 and viral load 521 advice please!!!!

Posted by poliwog, 5 Replies
I just got back my labs. I started on Combivir and Kaletra 6 months ago. My viral load was over 100K and mt cd4 at 90. Afer 6 months my VL wentr way down but my cd4 count is 35. I was given two meds to fight any possible secondary infections and... Read more »

cd4 or viral load

Posted by Lilly, 2 Replies
When starting to think about treatment, does either counts (cd4s or viral load) play a bigger role? My viral load has recently dropped, but so has my cd4's. My counts are all still at a comfortable level for me with no meds, but at the clinic... Read more »

Cat Scratch and Undetectable Viral Load

Posted by qqq1, 1 Reply
I recently had an encounter with a guy where pre cum got on my hand and shirt. I found out that he is hiv positive with an undetectable viral load, so he claims. After the incident I believe I washed my hands, but precum was still on my shirt and... Read more »