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Viral Load Early Stage Progression

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The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...When a combination of HIV drugs (regimen) is working, the viral load usually goes down within weeks of 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 should talk to your health care provider about switching drugs. You should also tell him or her if...
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Viral Load

My husband was recently diagnosed HIV+ (my first test was negative). His T-cell count is 231 and viral load 171,000. Please explain what viral load is and what is considered high. I have very little indepth knowledge of the disease and any help...
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
...His viral load is quite high and his T cells are moderately low, but not that bad. Viral load is a measure of the number of HIV virus copies Read more »


Does HIV always lead to AIDS?Will HIV cut a life short?What are the viral load count and CD4 counts if you are at the early stages?
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 progress to AIDS in the absence of HIV treatment and therefore cut ones life span short. In general CD4 counts of > 350 or viral loads < 100,000 are considered to be general benchmarks of early or less severe HIV infection. Read more »

High Viral Load..

Diagnosed poz 6/4 of this year. No symptoms - appeared as part of my annual physical/blood work. Follow up tests showed CD4 at 298/20%. Viral load was a whopping 262,000. Last HIV test was Nov '05....the hiv specialist and I have agreed to wait...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...Viral loads are often in the millions in acute infection, and after 6 months they fall to a 'set point' that is a predictor of the risk Read more »


What is the diference between HIV1 and HIV2
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...enough to be distinct. See below.Dr. Bobhiv 2 and meds (HIV-2)Dec 13, 2006 hello Dr Franscino,i have hiv 2 how will i know my viral loads and when is the best time to start the meds? do you have any information on how to manage hiv 2? Response... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Viral Load Testing

...directly . Why is indirect or direct measurement important? Because the same sample, tested with both tests, will give different viral load measurements. Here's another way to think of the differences between these two tests: One way to describe... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be produced. See Fact Sheet 102 for more information. However, the viral load test (see Fact Sheet 125 ) measures the virus itself. Before the immune system produces antibodies to fight... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Examines Gender Differences in Immune System's Response to HIV

...differently in women than in men," might "explain why HIV infection progresses faster to AIDS in women than in men with similar viral loads," the HealthDay/ Greenville Daily Reflector reports. The study was conducted by researchers at the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Less Expensive HIV Progression Test as Effective as Current Tests in Use

...of the disease. The test, HIV-1 protein 24 (p24) antigen, predicts disease progression and CD4 lymphocyte count and HIV-1 RNA viral load, measurements currently used to determine when to initiate antiretroviral therapy. The study, "Heat-Denatured... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...acute HIV infection in symptomatic individuals with potential HIV risk factors, current guidelines2 recommend use of HIV RNA (viral load) tests. 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 Read more »

Starting meds for the first time.

Posted by glowstixboyoh, 15 Replies
Hi everyone. I am a little angry right now. I was diagnosed poz on march first of this year. I just got my lab results back and people think I should start meds. Its seems to them the virus is newly aquired, but it also looks like my immune... Read more »

HIV2 IN SanFransisco

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
Hello, I have been worried sick about HIV for the past 6months, I had sex with a guy who actually brought HIV up. He called to tell me that he didn't have HIV, I was in shock, I never thought of HIV before that. I asked him to test, he said that... Read more »