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Number Of Pcr To HIV Infection

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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Lab numbers & Weirdness: Acute Infection

help interpreting these lab numbersDay 0: Infection (I know)Day 14: HIV-PCR over 100,000 (Antibody Neg)Day 26: HIV-PCR 853,000 CD4(%) 76(12%) CD8(%) 392(61%)Day 29: HIV-PCR 379,389 CD4(%) 76(17%) CD8(%) 295(63%)I went on HAART on Day 30: (Reyataz...
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
I am not sure what your question here might be. Your viral load levels are consistent with acute infection, although your absolute CD4 counts are quite low and out of proportion to your much higher CD4%. Your CD8 counts are also low, but the... Read more »

Infection risks and PCR-test reliability

Hi,I'm in Indonesia, and a few days ago I made the biggest mistake of my life: I had vaginal sex with a sex worker, the condom broke (which I didn't realize before I had ejaculated), and - worst of all - afterwards I found two fresh...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Determining an actual number that represents the odds of you getting infected in this one exposure is tricky. The statistics that speak to the risk of infection per contact with an infected person do not look at the risk of infection when a condom... Read more »

After Negative PCR RNA - further testing wtih PCR DNA?

Dr. HolodniyLike many others who have written to you. I too am attempting to determine if I have been exposed to HIV prior to seroconversion. My primary motivation is to start early treatment if infection exists since early studies for treatment...
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
We don't have enough information yet to definitively answer your question. If infection were present and suppressed by therapy, then 1.5 weeks after stopping therapy should be long enough to see a detectable viral load (RNA). That conclusion is... Read more »

How is the Ultrasensitive PCR comparable to the previous PCR?

I was diagnosed HIV+ in January of 1996, with a cd4 count of 79. In June of that year, after taking AZT, I had to have a blood transfusion. By that time, I had over 200 cd4 cells. They then did the first PCR test on me. I had something like...
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 numbers of the two assay types should be fairly comparable at your level of viral load. A level of 407 going to 4112 is a ten fold increase and is significant. If you had been undetectable and then whent to 407 and then 4112, I would be... Read more »
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Newly Infected and Got Numbers---COnfused?

Posted by pozboy2009, 1 Reply
So i finally have all my numbers and granted i have an appointment on friday morning to explain all this to me but wouldn't mind some knowledge beforehand. I dont even know what numbers are important (well i do but i can't tell which ones they are... Read more »

Time between infection and the CBC to show low WBC and Lymphocytes numbers

Posted by CharlieTrotter, 1 Reply

I'm an individual that has frequented commercial sex workers over the past couple of years (in between girlfriends). Each and every time I have used a condom. The best of my knowledge, none of the condoms have ever broken.

In July I had a CBC,... Read more »

I tested positive after EIA and PCR!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I wish it had not come down to this, however, I tested HIV positive after a PCR, and EIA 1/2. It has been 5.5 months since my exposure, so therfore, you can count that 3 month rule out. I will be deceased by 4-8-02. I am getting my affairs in... Read more »

Reliability of PCR test

Posted by tb75, 2 Replies
I was hoping that someone could attest to the reliability of the HIV PCR test at 3 weeks. I got tested at 22 days and it was negative, but I have seen conflicting reports as to the ability for the PCR to determine whether a person is positive or... Read more »