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Viral Load Early Stage Progression

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Low Viral Load, but early Infection

I am 35 and I have a viral load of between 8,000 and 16,000. My CD4 is 1000. I was infected about three months ago. I've heard that there is a theoretical benefit of starting treatment during early infection. Have I missed that window of...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Yours is an interesting situation-- I'd normally expect that someone with acute or recent HIV infection to have avery high viral load.Indeed, one of the goals of early treatment is to cause the viral setpoint (the viral load during chronic... 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 »

What's the Rate of Progression with a high viral load?

I am a 56 year old WM and I recently tested positive. I believe I've been infected for 5 months. My CD4 count is 841 and viral load is 214,000. I understand that most HIV experts recommend starting treatment when the CD4 count nears 350,...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.I tend to use the CD4 count as the primary measure of when to start my asymptomatic patients on medications. Some doctors will use high viral loads (>100K) as a sole determinate of starting, but I'll use the high viral... Read more »

thrush during acute viral stage

Dear Doctors,I have posted this questions several times without an answer.Assume a person is HIV positive after an exposure two months ago. Only acute viral syndrome symptom was thrush(no fever, rash, or other common symptoms). Is this common...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
People may or may not have any signs or symptoms when they first get HIV. In some series, up to 10% of individuals may have thrush when they first contract HIV. I cannot give you a more precise percent of individuals who only have thrush.There are... Read more »
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The Failure of Viral Load Tests

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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

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and Perhaps a Lifesaver?

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 »

Does early treatment reduce viral set point?

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If you test positive early enough, the doc offers you to go on HAART treatment. The idea is to use the drugs to get a lower viral set point, and maybe you can go off the meds after awhile. Has anyone got any solid information on this? Does it work?... Read more »

Too Early To Test?

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If I test 24 days before the recomended 90 will the results be accurate?

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