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When To Measure Viral Load After Primary Infection

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The Well Project

Women and HIV Viral Load

...When a combination of HIV drugs (regimen) is working, the viral load usually goes down within weeks of starting the drugs. If your viral load goes up while taking HIV drugs, you and your health care provider should take another viral load measurement. If that result is the same or higher, your drugs may not be working as well as they should. You should talk to your health care provider about switching drugs. You should also tell him or her if...
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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
...labor-intensive and highly expensive laboratory analysis. What has been conclusively proven is that HIVers with an undetectable HIV plasma viral load can transmit their virus to others. Generally speaking it is felt that superinfections (dual... Read more »

Primary/acute infection and labs

Dear Dr. Holodniy,I was first diagnosed with HIV infection about a month ago. I experienced a typical sickness (fever, achey, headache, fatigue, etc.) November 14-19 and saw my doctor on the 19th when she did various HIV tests. I got the results a...
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 very high viral load and CD4 count decline are very consistent with acute HIV infection. Read more »

Viral Load (VIRAL LOAD, FLU, and FLU SHOTS)

Hey Doc,About 6 months ago my viral load was less then 80. 3 months later I went back to the doctor and recieved a flu shot then had my viral retaken right after the shot when I got the numbers back it went up to 500 hundred (not thousand). Is that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(Answer That Never Changes). But since it's flu shot season, I'll gladly repost something from the archives.Stay well!Dr. BobVIRAL LOAD, FLU, and FLU SHOTSOct 20, 2006 Hey Dr. BOB I know it's probably not a good thing to get the flu if we've... Read more »

How is viral load measured? (unit used)

I've recently had a friend move in my home who tested positive when the HIV test was first made available in '85. Donate blood from '82 also contained the virus confirmed by the CDC. His viral load and T cell count have both dropped according to his...
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
...change from 18 to 8 is not significant. Cells are measured in # cells/mm3, or in percentage of CD4 cells. Likewise at such high viral load levels, a change from 250-650,000 is actually within assay variability. We usually look for changes of... Read more »
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The Body PRO

High Replication Capacity is Not Associated With High Baseline Viral Load in Untreated Patients With Primary HIV Infection

... High Replication Capacity Is Associated With High Baseline Viral Load in Untreated Subjects With Primary HIV Infection (Oral 152) Authored by S.J. Little, S.D.W. Frost, J.P. Routy, A.C. Collier, Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be produced. See Fact Sheet 102 for more information. However, the viral load test (see Fact Sheet 125 ) measures the virus itself. Before the immune system produces antibodies to fight... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Viral Load Tests

... What Is Viral Load? How Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Read more »
The Center for AIDS

Treatment During Primary HIV Infection as a Method of Altering the Epidemic Spread of HIV?

...shedding associated with PHI and its set point. 3 These models assume high infectiousness of patients as a result of high viral load and peak genital viral shedding. They also assume a continuation of high-risk sexual behavior in patients.... Read more »
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Posted by deadbody, 2 Replies
...Hi, What does lab work measure exactly, they say viral load, but it cant tell if you are HIV+, so how comes, which viral load then it measures, can someone clarify this issue to me in regard 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 Read more »

viral load

Posted by kaliboo, 2 Replies
...I've been trying to find out what your viral load is (approximately, of course) shortly after being infected... and have had no luck... So I guess I'm just wondering... what 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. Read more »