Viral Load Measurement
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Stanford University, School of MedicineAlways worth while trying another testing platform. It is unlikely that one is more "accurate" than another.... Read more »
Stanford University, School of MedicineYou are correct, viral load measures all viral particles that contain HIV RNA. The test cannot distinguish between infectious and noninfectious particles. However, the test has been validated in numerous studies for prognosis and treatment response.... Read more »
University of Chicago HospitalsThe viral load assays that are commonly used in the US at present do measure RNA from both B clade - the most common in North America - and non-B clades. The issue of the reliability of both the ELISA for HIV antibody and the tests for RNA, i.e.... Read more »
Stanford University, School of MedicineNot knowing any of the treatment history it's hard to comment. However, a CD4 cell change from 18 to 8 is not significant. Cells are measured in # cells/mm3, or in percentage of CD4 cells. Likewise at such high viral load levels, a change from... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 ReplyDoes the viral load go up after exposure or during ARS ?
And then does it go back down after 6 months? Read more »
Posted by Lilly, 2 RepliesWhen starting to think about treatment, does either counts (cd4s or viral load) play a bigger role? My viral load has recently dropped, but so has my cd4's. My counts are all still at a comfortable level for me with no meds, but at the clinic... Read more »
Posted by malias90, 1 ReplyMy tcells are 617 and my viral load is 198,000. My viral load in May 05 was 60,000. They think I have inflammation in my urine, white cells in it. My nausea besides happening with the HIV meds I am on could be related to my intestinal issues.
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Posted by kaliboo, 2 RepliesI've been trying to find out what your viral load is (approximately, of course) shortly after being infected... and have had no luck...
So I guess I'm just wondering... what was your viral load when it was first tested? Read more »
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