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Viral Load For Early Hiv Detection In Adults

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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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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 »

steady, yet detectable viral load

I tested HIV+ in 1987 and remainded med-free until February of this year (2008) when my CD4 dropped to 182 and my viral load climbed to 30,000 after a bout of neurosyphilis 2 years previous. After only two weeks on the Truvada/Viramune combo, my...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
My answer is two fold. First, regarding the test results, I think you are probably OK, there is only a small difference between <50 and 60, and there is considerable variation in the performance of the viral load test. I do agree with your doctor... Read more »

Stubbornly detectable viral load - what to do next?

Dear Dr. Holodniy, I hope you might be willing to help me with a frustrating problem I've been having with my meds and viral load. I was diagnosed in 8/09 with VL 8000 and CD4 360 (22%), and no drug resistance on my genotype test. I began...
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 favor option #1, adding an additional HIV drug. I think adding issentress to your current regimen is reasonable and see what happens. If you remain undetectable on that regimen for some period of time you could consider stopping it and staying on... Read more »

Persistently detectable viral load - next treatment options?

Dear doctors, I hope you can help me think through my next ARV treatment move. I was diagnosed in 8/09 with VL 8000 and CD4 360 (22%), and no drug resistance on my genotype test. I began taking Atripla in 12/09, and recorded the following...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thank you for this question, I am sorry to hear about this vexing issue.I have had a few patients who have had low level persistent viremia or blips. One thing to look for may be a concurrent infection (usually a herpes virus) that may be... Read more »
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hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
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 »

HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... 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 »

Early Detection???

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
How early can HIV be detected? I was exposed about three weeks ago, is there a test for that time period?


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