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Normal Values For Viral Load

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Normal Laboratory Values

Important Notes Each commercial laboratory has its own set of"normal" values, called "Normal Range" or"Reference Range" on your lab report. These valuesdepend on the equipment or method used. Compare your results tothe range shown on your lab report. Results that are "outof range" may not represent a problem. Your test resultscan be affected by several factors, including your age or gender,if you are pregnant, the time of day when the sample was...
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Window Period/Value of Viral Load test and ELISA at 8 weeks

Had an unsafe oral experience toward the end of February, came down with Shingles March 1 and sore throat. At about 8 weeks, had the ELISA Hiv1 and 2 done, Negative, P24, Negative, and the doctor did a viral load, came back normal, less then <50...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
My advice is to get tested at 6 months following your last possible exposure and if it is negative forget about HIV and allow your clinician to consider more reasonable diagnoses. DW... Read more »

Normal Lab Values

My daughter was dx with Hep C and HIV positive on 4/2008. Her first labs were CD4-471 and Viral Load 38,000. What are normal values for a person non infected and what are the values when treatment should be considered. How often should values be...
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
A normal CD4 count for people without HIV infection is between about 500-1500. Her HIV viral load is in the moderate range, the range being about 50 to 1 million. In general, we consider HIV treatment for anyone with a CD4 count < 350, or if >... Read more »

Prognostic value of hepatitis C viral load testing

Why is it important to follow the hepatitis C viral load level since liver damage can still occur despite low hepatitis C viral loads?...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
We usually follow it closely only when people are being treated with medication to see if they are responding. Otherwise checking it a few times a year to confirm that the virus is still present is standard procedure. Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.... Read more »

Lab values

Can you please tell First what lab work do you look at for my Hiv and what are the Normal values. and how often I need to do them Thank you...
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
When people are diagnosed with HIV infection, a number of lab tests are ordered including, t cell subsets, HIV viral load, blood cell counts, liver and kidney function tests, and hepatitis virus testing.... Read more »
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another ?--viral load testing

Posted by anxious, 1 Reply
following my pre-seminal fluid post, i was just wondering about the viral load test. i think its the "pcr" test you guys keep referring to on here. well, being as anxious as i am for a result... what are the stats on this test? how conclusive is... 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 »

Ups and downs of viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The flu-like symptoms I had a few weeks ago 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... Read more »

Viral Load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I've noticed that the antibody test at 12 weeks is the test of choice on this forum, but what about the Doctors/literature that say a one month viral load of
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