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What Does A Low Viral Load Mean

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Low viral load but decreased t cells. What does it mean?

My tcells were 39 in October 2008 and viral load was 310,000. On January of 2009 and since then being on Atripla, my viral load was 74 and tcells cd4 267. As of May 2009 my viral load was 51 and tcells cd4 249 so as you can see both viral load and...
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 is likely not a significant CD4 count decrease. Another number to follow is the CD4 percent which is a more stable number over time. I suspect it has not decreased significantly. Overall, you have had a great response. You still have some risk... Read more »

Whay has my CD4 remained low despite having a low viral load?

I became infected with HIV last year. At seroconversion my bloods were VL 2 million & CD4 203.... Read more »

low viral load, low t-cells

I was diagnosed with hiv recently, and my viral load is only 1,200, but my t-cell count is 282,... Read more »
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Virologic Failure Experienced by 12% of HIV-Infected People With Persistent, Low-Level Viral Load

About 12% of HIV-infected people who have a persistently low but detectable viral load go on to experience virologic failure, according to study results (read abstract ; view poster ) presented at ICAAC 2012. These findings suggest that consistent... Read more »
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HIV-Positive People on Long-Term Antiretroviral Treatment Continue to Have Low HIV Viral Loads, Study Finds

HIV-positive people who take antiretroviral drugs for several years continue to have low HIV viral loads, according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , BBC News reports. For the study,... Read more »
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Low HIV Viral Load May Reduce Anal Cancer Risk; Spontaneous Regression Is Common

Warren Tong Two recent studies help shed new light on the risks of anal cancer among men living with HIV -- a growing concern among our patients, particularly for men who have sex with men. Protective Benefits of Antiretroviral Therapy The... Read more »
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Ongoing HIV Infection Could Explain Low CD4 Counts Despite Undetectable Viral Loads, Study Suggests

Ongoing HIV infection of CD4+ cells may be the reason why some individuals with undetectable viral loads exhibit poor CD4+ cell count responses, according to study results presented at ICAAC 2012. Researchers in Montpellier, France, used a qPCR... Read more »
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Help me make sense of these results if you can - low viral load

Posted by Souledout, 5 Replies
Hi, I tested positive on 18th september. Massive shock all round and then the usual route of worry, stress and then acceptance. Great support from my friends and partner which has helped a great deal.

My doctor thinks my infection was in the last 3... Read more »

low VL: what does it mean?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I found out accidentally I was Poz end of Nov 05. First labs end of Dec: VL 276, CD4 410. Thought that was unusually low VL. I think Doc thought so too. First he said don't come back for three months, then said lets retest sooner. Had another set a... Read more »

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. would your viral load be over 400 after 6 months exposure? Read more »

cd4 at 35 and viral load 521 advice please!!!!

Posted by poliwog, 5 Replies
I just got back my labs. I started on Combivir and Kaletra 6 months ago. My viral load was over 100K and mt cd4 at 90. Afer 6 months my VL wentr way down but my cd4 count is 35. I was given two meds to fight any possible secondary infections and... Read more »