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Viral Load Down Does That Mean Higher T Cells

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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 Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a...
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Low viral load but decreased t cells. What does it mean?

My tcells were 39 in October 2008 and viral load was 310,000. On January of 2009 and since then being on Atripla, my viral load was 74 and tcells cd4 267. As of May 2009 my viral load was 51 and tcells cd4 249 so as you can see both viral load and...
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
This is likely not a significant CD4 count decrease. Another number to follow is the CD4 percent which is a more stable number over time. I suspect it has not decreased significantly. Overall, you have had a great response. You still have some risk... Read more »

Viral loads down and cell count down equals what?

My daughter has just had her second set of lab results since diagnosed as poz last December. First results, in January, were viral load just under 9,000 and cd4 cell count at 980. Almost four months later her viral load is 2,500 but cell count is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your question.I agree with your daughter's doctors-- these lab values tell me that things are generally stable and without significant change. A CD4 percentage of 36% is within the normal range (this is another way of measuring... Read more »

Viral loads down and cell count down equals what?

My daughter has just had her second set of lab results since diagnosed as poz last December. First results, in January, were viral load just under 9,000 and cd4 cell count at 980. Almost four months later her viral load is 2,500 but cell count is...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
There is really no significance to the drop in CD4 counts or viral load; this just represents the normal ebb and flow of immune cells and virus in the bloodstream. CD4 counts and viral loads often vary quite a bit and it takes multiple readings to... Read more »

low white cells low cd4% high viral load and toxo

My sister in law is back in the hospital with toxoplasmic encephelitis (sp?) with a white count of 2.6 and a cd4% of 15%. Two weeks ago when she was in the hospital her cd4 count was 20 and viral load was 350,000. Her first admit they told us...
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 CD4 count is how many CD4 cells she has per milliliter of blood. The CD4% is the percent of blood lymphocytes that are actually CD4 cells. Both numbers are important to know and follow. Her CD4 percent is much higher than the CD4 count would... Read more »
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Worried..T-Cells count going down fast!

Posted by Overstressed, 4 Replies
I was tested postive in 2003 and when I went in for my frist T-Cell count and Viral Load I was not sure what to expect..I started @1041 T-Cell and viral load 45,000 and of course I would go in and get my count every 3 months . My T-Cells would be... 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 »

Viral Load

Posted by dee99gt, 4 Replies
I've been taking Atripula since about august 2010. Before they started me on the pill my viral load was 2698385. One month later its at 24483.. Jan 2011 it was at 4742.. and I just went two days ago and its at 591.. My doctor mentioned it takes... Read more »

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 »