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Viral Load Tests

...long someone will stay healthy. The higher the viral load, the faster HIV disease progresses. For prevention , viral load predicts how easy it is to transmit HIV to someone else. The higher the viral load, the higher the risk of transmitting HIV. Finally, the viral load test is valuable for managing therapy , to see if antiretroviral drugs are controlling the virus. Current guidelines (see Fact Sheet 404 ) suggest measuring baseline...
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virul load

hi Dr. what is the role of virul load when hiv infection transfer from one persone to another
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for your question.The risk of spreading HIV from one person to another goes up the higher the viral load. The viral load is the amount of virus in every drop Read more »

Low Viral Load=Less Risk of Contraction?

Simple question, and you've probably already addressed it, but I can't find it on here: If an HIV+ guy says his "viral load is virtually undetectable," does that mean it is harder for me, HIV-, to contract it from him? I don't sexually discriminate...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...therapy that drives the HIV plasma viral load to undetectable levels for a considerable period of time significantly decreases the risk of HIV transmission, but (and this is an important "but") it does not completely eliminate the risk.... Read more »

Viral Load

My husband was recently diagnosed HIV+ (my first test was negative). His T-cell count is 231 and viral load 171,000. Please explain what viral load is and what is considered high. I have very little indepth knowledge of the disease and any help...
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
...His viral load is quite high and his T cells are moderately low, but not that bad. Viral load is a measure of the number of HIV virus copies Read more »

High Viral Load..

Diagnosed poz 6/4 of this year. No symptoms - appeared as part of my annual physical/blood work. Follow up tests showed CD4 at 298/20%. Viral load was a whopping 262,000. Last HIV test was Nov '05....the hiv specialist and I have agreed to wait...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...loads are often in the millions in acute infection, and after 6 months they fall to a 'set point' that is a predictor of the risk of HIV disease progression. Your risk is moderate; viral loads above 100,000 are associated with a more rapid... Read more »
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Hormonal Contraceptives Increase HIV Risk; Vitamin A Levels Unrelated to Viral Load

...the HIV viral load or CD4 in the blood. Then Dr. Baeten discussed their study of 1,500 female sex workers fromKenya and their risk of HIV infection as it relates to use of hormonalcontraception. The two types of hormonal contraception were... 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 »
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FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...surgery cause my viral load to blip? Viral Load and HIV Transmission What's the latest scoop on HIV viral load and the risk of HIV transmission? Was the Swiss Study correct? I had oral and anal sex with a doctor who later told me he was... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Beliefs About Transmission Risk and Vulnerability, Treatment Adherence and Sexual Risk Behavior Among a Sample of HIV-Positive MSM

...partners. The potential interaction between beliefs and adherence was explored by post hoc moderator analysis. The belief that a low viral load lowers HIV transmission risk was found to be positively associated with discordant sex with non-main... Read more »
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CD4, 320 , Viral load 26000, what to do??????

Posted by david73, 8 Replies
...specializes in hiv, I was diagnosed 5 mos ago.and my last blood test was done last week and results are in today ...... cd4 320, viral load 26000. this is the 4 th blood test done, and the viral load has come down a few thousand and cd4 has gone... 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 »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...routine. Despite the availability of a reliable method to detect this initial phase of infection, the polymerase chain reaction viral load test, medical providers worldwide will diagnose only about one of every 60,000 cases of acute HIV... Read more »

Ups and downs of viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...still worry me. The woman looked unhealthy, so I should have trusted my instincts. But I guess that's in the past. I had a viral load test done and it came back undetectable (this was about 2 weeks after the flu-like symptoms). Here's my... Read more »