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What Is A Good Viral Load Number

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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...
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CD4 and viral load, what do the numbers mean?

In the grand scheme of HIV what does a CD4 count of 286 and viral load 661 mean exactly? My partner came back with these test results having not taken any his HIV meds for a month. He says this if good but I am still worried, I know this throws him...
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 is not enough info here to make a determination of what these numbers mean. It appears that he may have been on HIV meds and now has been off for one month. What were the numbers (CD4 and viral load) prior to starting, and just before stopping... Read more »

which numbers matter more t-cell or viral load?

thanks in advance for your reply. my viral load has dropped over 6 months from 184,000 to 57 (almost "there") my t-cells have been all over the place, starting at 80, up to 180, down to 130, now 160. is this normal and or good? as the...
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
They probably will go up some more, but slowly. The lower you start, the slower they go up. It make take a year or two.... Read more »

Understanding Undetectable Viral Load Numbers

Hello there, thank you for taking the time to answer my question.Last week my boyfriend got the results of his lab, and requested a copy of his recent labs. The one prior to this one he had an undetectable viral with <400. And his most recent lab...
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
Yes, < 50 copies/mL of blood plasma is better than < 400 copies/mL. The difference is the threshold of HIV copy detection. One test quatifies down to 400 copies and the other quantifies down further to 50 copies. The assays are not sensitive... Read more »

Symptoms, but no detectable viral load and normal CD4 number

Dr. Young,What drug combination would you recommend for someone who was HIV positive by ELISA for over a year, has no detectable viral load by Roche Ultra Sensitive Amplicor 1.5, still has a normal CD4 count (950), but has numerous bad HIV related...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Yes, it is entirely possible to have progressive HIV symptoms with a high CD4 cell count and very low (or even undetectable) viral load. This is not the common situation, mind you, but I don't have any reason to think (from what you've... Read more »
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Tcells and Viral Load numbers

Posted by malias90, 1 Reply
My tcells are 617 and my viral load is 198,000. My viral load in May 05 was 60,000. They think I have inflammation in my urine, white cells in it. My nausea besides happening with the HIV meds I am on could be related to my intestinal issues.
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Viral Load: A Deception

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Viral load testing is a deceptive practice, as the results are skewed in such a way as to reflect a number of viral units that is far greater than the number of CD4 cell units.

For example: let's assume your viral load results are 100,000 and your... Read more »

CD4 668 - Viral Load 227567 ? about viral load

Posted by Courtkidx, 1 Reply
I just got these results via phone and im just curious if anyone can tell me if I should be worried about my semi high viral load? I know my cd4 count is good. I am newly diagnosed as of dec. 30, 2009. Any info would be appreciated. Read more »

Viral Load

Posted by dee99gt, 4 Replies
I've been taking Atripula since about august 2010. Before they started me on the pill my viral load was 2698385. One month later its at 24483.. Jan 2011 it was at 4742.. and I just went two days ago and its at 591.. My doctor mentioned it takes... Read more »