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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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Relationship Between Viral Load and Number of Viral Particles

Forgive me if this question has been asked before but I'm a bit confused. As I understand it, a viral load test determines the number of copies of RNA per cubic milliliter of blood. Since each viral particle contains two strands of RNA, does...
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
Essentially yes. But nobody really talks about particles and viral load is understood to be copies/mL and not particles/mL.... Read more »

number of HIV exposures vs viral load

My lover and I have been together monogamously for three years. Recently he wentfor his first HIV test and it was positivefor HIV. He knows he has been exposed to HIV on one occasion, and this was 8 years ago. He has never shown any signsof illness...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Your lover's prognosis does not depend on the number of exposures he had to HIV.As for his viral load being low, there is no way to tell without checking it, since the viral load goes up BEFORE you become sick, not after. Obviously, he needs... Read more »

Hepatitis C Heterosexual transmission/viral load number

My boyfriend just tested positive for Hep C & his viral load is over 700,000 which the lab reported as "HIGH". His liver enzyme panel showed "HIGH" range for the first of three... We had unprotected sex for the three months...
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 sexual transmission rate of HCV is not really known. It usually takes somewhat longer for HCV antibodies to appear in the blood. However, an antibody test at 1,3,6 months should be sufficient.... Read more »

HIV Viral Load Numbers

I was diagnosed HIV positive in late October after two indeterminant tests.I have had three viral load tests. The first one came back with 30,000 copies. The second one, which was done about three weeks later, was 60,000. The last one I got in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, vaccines can and often do produce a transient rise in HIV plasma viral load. Your laboratory results demonstrate this phenomenon very well indeed.Dr. Bob... Read more »
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Tcells and Viral Load numbers

Posted by malias90, 1 Reply
My 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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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 »

Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Viral load testing is a deceptive practice, as the results are skewed in such a way as to reflect a number of viral units that is far greater than the number of CD4 cell units.

For example: let's assume your viral load results are 100,000 and your... Read more »

Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Viral load testing is a deceptive practice, as the results are skewed in such a way as to reflect a number of viral units that is far greater than the number of CD4 cell units.

For example: let's assume your viral load results are 100,000 and your... Read more »