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Viral Load Viral Load For Hiv At Six Weeks

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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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Hiv Viral Load Drop 300,000 Copies to 650 in 4 Weeks

HelloI was detected with HIV in February and began receiving treatment in April (Atripla). My Viral load was 300,000 initially and a recent test at the end of April showed only 650 Copies. Is this possible? With this kind of improvement and ongoing...
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 your question. Your viral load reduction has been excellent. In individuals who are on their first regimen like yourself one can see very robust reductions Read more »

Viral Load (VIRAL LOAD, FLU, and FLU SHOTS)

Hey Doc,About 6 months ago my viral load was less then 80. 3 months later I went back to the doctor and recieved a flu shot then had my viral retaken right after the shot when I got the numbers back it went up to 500 hundred (not thousand). Is that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(Answer That Never Changes). But since it's flu shot season, I'll gladly repost something from the archives.Stay well!Dr. BobVIRAL LOAD, FLU, and FLU SHOTSOct 20, 2006 Hey Dr. BOB I know it's probably not a good thing to get the flu if we've... Read more »

hiv-2, can viral load be measured?

Dear Dr. Holodniy,I was just diagnosed with hiv-2 (which I got last year on a trip to Amsterdam, even though I used protection with the woman). Seroconverted after 6 months (somewhere beteween 6 and 11 months).The worst part is, no one knows...
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 no commercially available HIV-2 quantitative viral load tests. People have developed and described "homebrew" PCR based viral load tests to describe some of the findings you described. Read more »

How is viral load measured? (unit used)

I've recently had a friend move in my home who tested positive when the HIV test was first made available in '85. Donate blood from '82 also contained the virus confirmed by the CDC. His viral load and T cell count have both dropped according to his...
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
...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 250-650,000 is actually within assay variability. We usually look for changes of... Read more »
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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 Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Battle of the Sexes: Gender-Based Differences in HIV Viral Load

...same method when tracking viral load over time and not to compare results from two different testing methods. Current Use of Viral Load Measurements The use of viral load in the management of HIV infection is a rapidly changing and... 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 »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools Viral Load Test Resistance Test Tropism Test Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary Read more »
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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. 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 »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...routine. Despite the availability of a reliable method to detect this initial phase of infection, the polymerase chain reaction viral load test, medical providers worldwide will diagnose only about one of every 60,000 cases of acute HIV... Read more »

Tested Negative - Still Unsure

Posted by beachlover79, 2 Replies
My Wife and I just tested negative using the Oral swab method (not the rapid test). How accurate is this test and is there issues in the specimen collection (not collecting the right stuff or any at all?) Would the lab indicate that they did not... Read more »