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Virulence Of Hiv

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Might Be Becoming Increasingly Virulent, Study Says

A study in the May issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases found a decline in the initial CD4+ T cell counts reported at diagnosis among some HIV-positive people in the U.S. from 1985 to 2007 -- a finding that suggests HIV may be adapting and... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Vaccine Breakthrough Comes With Caveats

One of the main sources of pessimism about prospects for an effective HIV vaccine has been the generally poor results obtained in animal models. In particular, a stringent system involving rhesus macaque monkeys challenged with highly pathogenic... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Type of AIDS Infection Key to Death Risk -- Study

The clade, or subtype, of HIV infection was a better predictor of rapid AIDS mortality than viral load in a Ugandan study recently presented at the 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Denver. Conducted by US and Ugandan... Read more »
Ask the Experts

virul load

hi Dr. what is the role of virul load when hiv infection transfer from one persone to another...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.The risk of spreading HIV from one person to another goes up the higher the viral load. The viral load is the amount of virus in every drop of blood...the more virus the easier it is to spread. Same is true for the semen... Read more »

virul load

I was recently diagnosed as hiv + (july).My Tcell count was around 700 which I was told was fairly normal and my virul load was very low at 500. What is the likelihood of my virul load continuing to go down without meds? My doctor doesn't want...
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
You will need a few more points on the line to know what your trend in numbers is going to be. It's possible your viral load may go down a bit further. Conceptually, there is something known as weaker strains. Some have to do with acquisition... Read more »

cd4 virul load

my cd4 is 303 and virul load is 22500 after 8 years how good or bad is this?...
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
Not bad. You don't indicate whether you are on HIV treatment or not. Assuming you are not, your numbers could be much better if you started HIV treatment.... Read more »

Virul load and CD4

1- how can I improve my virul load and CD4 count?2- 7 months there were 41 now 78 VL....
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
You don't indicate what your CD4 count is, or whether you are on HIV treatment or not. Assuming you are not on HIV treatment, that is the best way to improve CD4 counts and get the viral load to undetectable levels.... Read more »
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Virus Virulence and ARS

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If someone caught the virus then passed it on the same day i,e 3 in a bed or cheating on wife, would ARS symptoms show up earlier i.e within 36 hours, due to the virus being more virulent?

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BRITON - CLEARS HIV FROM HIS SYSTEM

Posted by Survivor, 3 Replies
Thought this was interesting... MSNBC Sunday Nov 13


LONDON - A British man claimed on Sunday to be the first person to become clear of the HIV virus, which can lead to AIDS, after earlier testing positive for it.

If true, the case of 25-year-old... Read more »

Crystal Meth and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have recently been diagnosed with HIV at age 31. I have never been a very promiscuous person. My first boyfriend and I were together just over ten years. Both of us had few sexual partners in our lives before we met, we were both negative and... Read more »

What's worse?

Posted by pozsailor1, 1 Reply
Just hiv-1 elisa neg at 12 months.
My question is...and please take this serious. Would it be better to have hiv-1 with all of the meds (and the optimism that goes along with the meds), or a less virulent but mostly untreatable virus such as hiv-2... Read more »