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Author Topic: Viral Load Increases in PBMCs Predicts CD4 Cell Decline in Asymptomatic Patients  (Read 1416 times)

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Offline Inchlingblue

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For people not yet on ARV meds (I'm tawkin' to you, Ann), this is a very interesting find.

Viral load increases steadily in cells during the asymptomatic stage of HIV infection, and is an accurate marker of disease progression, Dutch investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. They found that increases in HIV RNA and DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were correlated with the loss of CD4 cells.

However, there was no association between CD4 cell decline and plasma viral load.


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LINK:

http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/F6FE38A0-2396-4C24-BC85-C6B433AD1125.asp

Offline Boze

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I think this may be necessary for most people. I, for one, had no idea what PBMC is :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBMC

So my understanding of this research is that a regular blood Viral Load does not measure the right thing - it's the VL in PBMC that needs to be measured.
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Aug08 - Seroconversion
Mar10 - Diagnosis; cd4 690 - VL 19,000
Apr10 - cd4 600
May10 - VL 4,500
Jun10 - started Atripla ; VL 113
Jul 10 - UD vl, CD4 590
Aug 10 - UD, CD4 810, 52%
Nov 10 - UD, CD4 980

Offline elf

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Dutch scientists said everything and nothing.  :D ;D ???

1. when HIV enters the bloodstream it is ''swallowed'' by fagocytes [monocytes and macrophages],
this lowers the concentration of the HIV in the bloodstream and makes the concentration of HIV
in fagocytes higher.
2. monocytes function as a Troian horse and spread the virus intro brain
« Last Edit: July 09, 2010, 08:06:22 PM by elf »
Let's have a Kiki!

Offline tednlou2

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Dutch scientists said everything and nothing.  :D ;D ???

1. when HIV enters the bloodstream it is ''swallowed'' by fagocytes [monocytes and macrophages],
this lowers the concentration of the HIV in the bloodstream and makes the concentration of HIV
in fagocytes higher.
2. monocytes function as a Troian horse and spread the virus intro brain

They are really called fagocytes?  Wow.  Who named that?

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chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

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From the Latin Phagos meaning "To Eat" it is however pronounced Fajos

 


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