Understanding Viral Load
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Stanford University, School of MedicineI think both tests are saying essentially the same thing, that you have had a very good treatment response (given your elevated CD4) but that your viral load on this combination is not undetectable. It may require an adjustment in your treatment so... Read more »
Stanford University, School of MedicineA log number is just another way of saying the same thing. 2.9 million is equivalent to 6.46 log10 copies. For example, 100 copies is 2 log, 1000 copies is 3 logs, 10,000 copies is 4 logs and so on.... Read more »
Stanford University, School of MedicineI wouldn't make a treatment decision based on one set of labs. However, your CD4 count is in the normal range and your viral load would be considered in the moderate range. A viral load > 100,000/mL would be considered high, and depending on... Read more »
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Posted by kaliboo, 2 RepliesI've been trying to find out what your viral load is (approximately, of course) shortly after being infected... and have had no luck...
So I guess I'm just wondering... what was your viral load when it was first tested? Read more »
Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyThe 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 »
Posted by Atheena, 1 ReplyI have submitted my question to "Ask the Experts" section. Just curious on how others are thinking about this.
I was wondering about how well we are able to track the viral load accurately. I watch my lab results, nothing changes, and... Read more »
Posted by Lilly, 2 RepliesWhen 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 »
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