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AIDS InfoNet

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...to be more sensitive. The first...
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accuracy of viral load test

...My partner refuses to get viral load tests because he says they are invredibly inaccurate. Where can I find information viral load tests and their accuracy?
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
There are many papers published and are accessible through the PubMed website. Read more »

Viral load test result

...I tested positive in 1992 but because viral load tests in my country (Zimbabwe) have not been available until recently, I only had my first viral load test done in May. The results
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
...This usually means that ones immune system can control the virus effectively without meds. On the other hand, depending on the viral load test that was used, you might have a viral strain that is not recognized by that test. This would result in... Read more »

Viral load testing in relation to Hepatitis C

...My husband had the viral load testing as well as the regular HIV. HIV was negative, but the viral load was in the "thousands" the Dr. said. He has chronic/active
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
...assume from your statements that your husband is HIV negative, but infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). In addition to HIV viral load, we can also measure HCV viral load in the blood.MH Read more »

Viral load tests for HIV-I vs HIV-II

...Are the same viral load tests used for both HIV-1 and II? I thought Iread somewhere that tests were not as reliable in measuring HIV-II.Thank you.
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
...viral load are not used to measure HIV-2 viral load. Although the viruses are similar, they are differentenough that an HIV-1 viral load test could not be used. MH Read more »
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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV Viral Load Testing

... As a person with HIV, having your viral load tested will likely be an importantpart of your plan to stay healthy. You will have the test done regularly,and it will be one of...several factorsyou and your doctor will look at whendeciding how... Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

... Viral Load Basics | Viral Load Test Results | Viral Load and HIV Treatment | Viral Load "Blips" | Viral Load and HIV Transmission Viral Load Basics...happen to my viral load if I've recently been infected with HIV? What viral... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Viral Load Testing

... Viral Load Test: Overview Measuring Viral Load "Accuracy" of Viral Load Test Viral Load: Interpreting the Results Appropriate Use of... Viral Load Test Viral Load: Availability and Cost When Is Viral Load Testing Inappropriate? ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Abbott Wins U.S. Approval for HIV Viral Load Test

... On Friday, Abbott Laboratories Inc. said it had gained US approval for a viral load test for blood samples in automated lab systems. The RealTime HIV-1 viral load test was developed for use with Abbott's m2000 system, Read more »
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Viral load test cost

Posted by Bensf, 1 Reply
...I've been HIV+ for 10 years, not on meds and have been part of a study that pays for my CD4 and viral load tests. The study is ending and I am covered by Anthem Blue Cross- California with a high deductible, which I never meet. Has anyone...... Read more »

Survey-Viral Load Testing

Posted by Liz1281, 1 Reply
We are a medical communications firm looking to gain perspective from HIV patients on a variety of issues. If interested, please take a few minutes to complete our survey (link below.) For the first 25 responses, we will make a donation to an HIV... Read more »

Viral Load Testing.

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...tingling in my legs, numbness in fingertips. While he didn't necessarily think those symptoms were HIV related, he did offer a viral load test. He didn't exactly come out and say that he didn't put alot of faith in the HIV antibody test but I... Read more »

DNA PCR Vs Viral Load test

Posted by sunkyst, 1 Reply
...Does anyone know the difference between a HIV DNA PCR test versus a viral load test that's performed on someone already confirmed positive, obviously one is about detecting the virus and the other how much but Read more »