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What Is An Acceptable Hiv Viral Load

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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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What is a acceptable viral load?/Starting Meds

I'm a 48 year old male and have been positivie for 17 years. I have never been on meds. My cd4 is 662 my percent is 28.8, my V.L. is now ranging from 46,000-49000 (past six months). Also my sugar level has been flaged at 113 and 119. Does 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
Your CD4 count is in the normal range and your CD4% is only slightly decreased. Your viral load is in the moderate range. Given that you have been infected for 17 years and these are your numbers today, one could make an argument for not starting... Read more »


Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, we do not have reliable information as to how often this phenomenon occurs. As you can probably imagine it is quite challenging to conclusively prove that a particular strain of HIV was transmitted to an already infected individual. This... Read more »

expected/acceptable viral loads after high baseline

dear dr. holodniy,thank you for this wonderful service, by the way!I have been on haart (d4t, 3tc, sustiva) for 7 months, and have been coming down from >500,000 copies, t4=14 (baseline in early December), to 200 copies and t4=250. My physician...
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 are asking all the right questions. You have had a fantastic response, but like your doctor, I am concerned that viral reduction has stalled. Your goal, as with all patients, should be to get to < 50. The 6 month rule is purely arbitrary... Read more »

Hep C Viral Load vs HIV Viral Load

About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with having Hep C. My Mother was able to get me on medication which was a combination of Interferon, and Riboviron (spelling on both) It was a shot 3 times a week with a number of pills in the morning, and at...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I suspect you had testing of your hepatitis C viral load test with an ultrasensitive assay and you have a viral load that is nearly non-detectable. Yes, I agree that you need follow up for that but this is quite encouraging.You should do well on... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »

can't seem to accept my status.cry for help.

Posted by torre, 2 Replies
im 29 yrs in a small mining town in botswana.i have 3 kids 8,7
just don't give up on me yet please.
i tested positive 12 yrs ago after a relative raped me at the age of 17. and i couldn't tell anybody about it caz he threatened to kill me... Read more »