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Women and HIV Viral Load

Table of Contents What Is a Viral Load? How Are Viral Load Results Used? When Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells. HIV enters these cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce thousands of copies of HIV. As the virus grows, itdamages or kills CD4 cells, weakening your immune system. Viral load is the...
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Unprotected sex, undetectable viral load & transmission

Thank you so much for your immediate reply. I am surprised the main steam medias don't talk about this kind of huge finding. Do you know how many condom free sex were in the HPTN 052 study and what were the findings? Thanks a bunch again....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post. I agree that the findings of the PARTNER study were immensely important. Frankly it never ceases to amaze me what does that covered in mainstream media though I am disappointed that more attention has not been focused... Read more »

Unprotected Sex (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2008) (SUPERINFECTION)

Hi --I am an HIV+ man who seroconverted within the last year. I recently started dating another HIV+ man who has been positive for 22 years. I'm currently not on meds with a viral load under 400 and CD4 over 600. His viral load is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,This issue comes up frequently. (See below.) I have no new information to report. I would still advise against Brokeback Mountain barebacking no matter how hot your cowboy may be in the saddle.Dr. Bob??? (Findings Suggest HIV Can Be... Read more »

low viral load

dear dr. if a viral load is low what are the chances of infecting someone when having unprotected sex? are the chances high or low?...
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
The chances are low, but not zero.... Read more »

Undectable Viral Load and Unprotected Sex

I tested postive in 1987. I have always been asymptomatic and healthy. I currently take Combivir and Viramune. My viral load has always been undetectable. CD4 always 500-680. Before testing positive my lover and I at the time had unprotected sex for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Kansas Prairie Man,Sixteen years, non-detectable viral load, and CD4's 500-680? Excellent! An inspiration for us all.Here's what we know about HIV transmission. Receptive unprotected anal sex with an HIV-positive partner has the... 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 »

Unprotected Anal Sex

Posted by Anonymous
Are there ANY documented cases of HIV being transmitted from a person with an Undetectable Viral Load?

Please answer my question!!!!

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Unprotected Sex with an HIV infected Female

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Hi There,

Im extremely worried after having unprotected sex with a female partner (4/5 times) who has today kindly anounced to me she is HIV positive. During those 4 or 5 times, we also engaged in Anal sex on one occasion. I don't believe, I had any... Read more »

Timed, Unprotected Sex to Get Pregnant

Posted by CSS, 3 Replies
I posted my story on another thread about magnetic/serodiscordant couples trying to have a baby, but since it was so long and the thread was pretty old, I thought I'd start a new one. Plus, I'd really like to hear folks' opinion on the matter.

I'm an... Read more »