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HIV Viral Load Testing

As a person with HIV, having your viral load tested will likely be an importantpart of your plan to stay healthy. You will have the test done regularly,and it will be one of several factorsyou and your doctor will look at whendeciding how to manage your infection. This brochure introduces you tothe viral load test and answers basicquestions about how it fits into yourtreatment plan. What is the viral load test? A viral load test measures...
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Is there a viral load range to determine how recent a person was infected with HIV ie, 1 month exposure > 12 months or more?

My husband was dignosted with HIV February of this year. We both went to the doctor this month for testing. His viral load is 658 and his CD4 count is 940. Does this mean that this is a recent infection? Can his body be controlling the infection and...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and so sorry to hear about your husband.Unfortunately, you cannot determine the time of infection on the basis of either CD4 or viral load testing. On the basis of his low viral load, it would appear that he (or his immune system) is indeed... Read more »

Can the viral load determin the duration of infection

I am a 29 year old women and tested positive in December 2003. My viral load was 1800 in January. I got tested negative in April 2001 and had my last sexual encounter appr. 4 month prior my test in May. I didnt have any sex since. I dont know how I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,No, just a single viral load test does not allow us to even hazard a guess as to when an infection occurred. You could get a test called a detuned ELISA, which would let you know if your infection was recent (within the past several months).... Read more »

Undetectable Viral Load Infection and Superinfection (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2009) (SUPERINFECTION, 2009)

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 »

Viral Load in Blood and Semen (VIRAL LOAD IN SEMEN VERSUS BLOOD)

Have there been any studies correlating viral loads as determined by blood analysis versus viral load in semen?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Yes, generally they correlate. However, there can be cases where the levels differ. (See below.) Dr. Bobhiv viral load in semen versus blodNov 30, 2006 Hi Dr. Bob, Please settle a dicussion I've been having on an hiv information site to... Read more »
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what kinds of blood testing can determine HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
What kinds of blood testing can determine HIV? i had a blood test rescently but i dont know what it is for yet. Im not sure if i have hiv or not and im just wondering if the blood test i had can determine if i have HIV eventhough i didnt get a... Read more »

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By Paul Galatowitsch, Antonio Urbina and Timothy Law Snyder

Paul Galatowitsch is a health care consultant. Antonio Urbina is the director of clinical HIV and AIDS education at St. Vincent's Hospital. Timothy Law Snyder is a... Read more »

CD4, 320 , Viral load 26000, what to do??????

Posted by david73, 8 Replies
Hi ,I'm a 36 yr old ,new to this site and new to this world of hiv.
I have a Dr . that specializes in hiv, I was diagnosed 5 mos ago.and my last blood test was done last week and results are in today ...... cd4 320, viral load 26000. this is the 4... Read more »

Viral load, MOS-HIV, are you tracking?

Posted by annasearch, 2 Replies
Hi all -

I was wondering if I can get your take on something.

I'm a researcher learning about HIV and how to help people better manage HIV and AIDS. I was wondering, do people in the community track data? Viral load, CD4 count etc. Does anyone know... Read more »