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Viral Load And Early Hiv Diagnosis

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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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extremely high viral load linked to early onset hiv?

I was diagnosed six months ago with hiv. My first labs were a cd4 of 256 with a viral load of nearly two million! Ive not heard of anyone with a viral load that high. My doctor seemed to think it could be the spike that is often seen with a recent...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Viral loads are often high very early after infection (your is high-I have seen up to 20 million copies/ml). If you were recently infected then viral load often will decrease and level off over the following 3 months (CD4 count may also rebound... Read more »

viral load diagnosis

I had a low risk infection opportunity at 12:00 am on 2/18. I had blood drawn for a viral load test at 3:00 pm on 3/3 (about 9 hours short of two weeks). The result was negative. Should I feel pretty confident that I'm safe?...
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
Although viral load is an extremely sensitive test for detecting the presence of HIV in blood, Viral load is not currently approved as a test for HIV diagnosis (there have also been false positives reported). Two weeks could be early for detection... Read more »

New Diagnosis, very high viral load

I have been through many forums and have read for many hours since my diagnosis 10 days ago. I could not really find similar numbers, that i had at first diagnosis.CD4 914, CD4% 45 Viral load 170,000. I had pretty severe flu like symptoms for 2...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.No, it's not unusual to have CD4 and CD4% in the normal range with moderately elevated HIV plasma viral load early in the course of infection. Counts can shift as the immune system kicks in and begins to battle HIV. Without treatment,... Read more »


Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, we do not have reliable information as to how often this phenomenon occurs. As you can probably imagine it is quite challenging to conclusively prove that a particular strain of HIV was transmitted to an already infected individual. This... Read more »
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The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
took hiv viral load after 6 months exposure they did the old
hiv viral load not the one that can detect down to 20 copies
hiv viral load <400. would your viral load be over 400 after 6 months exposure? Read more »

hiv viral load

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By Paul Galatowitsch, Antonio Urbina and Timothy Law Snyder

Paul Galatowitsch is a health care consultant. Antonio Urbina is the director of clinical HIV and AIDS education at St. Vincent's Hospital. Timothy Law Snyder is a... Read more »


Posted by bura, 2 Replies
"The test can be used for diagnosis, because it can detect a viral load a few days after HIV infection. This is better than the standard HIV (antibody) test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection." If the antibody test can be... Read more »