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Understanding Viral Load

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Understanding Viral Load and CD4

My first lab results were viral load of 42,000 and CD4 1100. My doctor seemed pleased with cd4 but concerned with viral load. Is 42k considered high? And at what levels could i expect to have to start medication. I would love any other imput on my...
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 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 what... Read more »

I do not understand my viral load

Hello Dr holodniy, i hope this question wouldl be answered very soon. Well i have been for about 4... Read more »

help understand my viral load

I have hep C and my viral Load was 2,940,0000. and my logs was 6.47. I dont know what that means I... Read more »
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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools Viral Load Test Resistance Test Tropism Test Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary Read more »
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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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Viral Load Tests

... What Is Viral Load? How Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Read more »
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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...the drugs you are taking Which drugs to use The specific characteristics of your virus Examples of lab tests: viral load test, resistance test, tropism test (seesheet called Understanding Lab Tests II ) Overall Health How... Read more »
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viral load

Posted by kaliboo, 2 Replies
...I'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 Read more »

Lab work

Posted by deadbody, 2 Replies
...Hi, What does lab work measure exactly, they say viral load, but it cant tell if you are HIV+, so how comes, which viral load then it measures, can someone clarify this issue to me in regard Read more »

cd4 at 35 and viral load 521 advice please!!!!

Posted by poliwog, 4 Replies
...I just got back my labs. I started on Combivir and Kaletra 6 months ago. My viral load was over 100K and mt cd4 at 90. Afer 6 months my VL wentr way down but my cd4 count is 35. I was given two meds to fight any Read more »

Is the Viral Load really undetectable.

Posted by Atheena, 1 Reply
...section. Just curious on how others are thinking about this. Dr..... I was wondering about how well we are able to track the viral load accurately. I watch my lab results, nothing changes, and everything is perfect for 22 years. However, I... Read more »