The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

What Increases Heb B Viral Load

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

Table of Contents What Is a Viral Load? How Are Viral Load Results Used? When Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells. HIV enters these cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce thousands of copies of HIV. As the virus grows, itdamages or kills CD4 cells, weakening your immune system. Viral load is the...
Ask the Experts


Hi Dr Bob, can you help? My partner has been taking Atripla since december and for the last couple of months has had a undectable viral load, two months a go his CD4 count was 120, then since then it has been dropping and yesterday was told it was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your partner is experiencing a discordant response to his antiretroviral regimen (Atripla). His virologic response is excellent, as his HIV plasma viral load is undetectable. However, his immunological response remains poor, as his CD4 count... Read more »

Viral Load increase, TCell Drop, CD4 Percentage increase

Hello, My most recent set of labs came back and for the first time in almost two years my viral load was no longer undetectable at 60. My T-Cells went from 450 to about 300, but my doctor said the the overall percentage of CD4 went up. He's...
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 not an uncommon scenario. Viral load blips are a well known phenomenon and are likely due to assay variability in most cases. The CD4 count can vary over time because of time of day, stress, immunizations, other ongoing infections, different... Read more »

Increased CD4 and Increased Viral Load

Hi Dr. Mark,My partner just got his most recent labs back and was upset to discover that while his CD4 count went up from the high 280s to around 310, his viral load went from being undetectable to 560. He'd been undetectable for around 18...
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 most important thing was to repeat the labs when you get something like this happening. I think if the repeat shows the same or higher viral load then you will have the answer that resistance and or possible treatment failure is more likely. The... Read more »

Heb B treament question -- Please Please Help

I am chronic HepB patient. I am currently taking Entecvir for the past 2 years or so. before that I took Adefovir for about a year. Currently my viral load is Log 2.4 IU/ml. My original viral load was 7.4 IU/ml. Adefovir brought down the viral...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I wouldn't worry about the ALT risk since it is minimal.I do not think the ETV is causing your hair loss.I agree with your concerns about the lingering low viral load. I would discuss this further with your doctor and would consider adding an... Read more »
Connect With Others

Coffe may increase viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I read an acticle about coffee increasing viral load has anyone else read this?

Read more »

viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does the viral load go up after exposure or during ARS ?
And then does it go back down after 6 months? 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 »

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 »