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Author Topic: latest viral load test  (Read 1123 times)

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Offline surf18

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latest viral load test
« on: January 04, 2011, 09:52:44 PM »
i just received my blood results today and they informed me that they now use a test that can detect 20 whatever they test. the former test we used locally was 48. so it is pretty amazing how far they have come to determine undetectable.

Offline JustDoIt84

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Re: latest viral load test
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 11:35:57 PM »
Really? Where are you?
05/04/10 - tested negative
06/24/10 - received indeterminate test
08/13/10 - confirmed positive - cd4 360 VL 127,000
08/21/10 - No Mutations - VL 113,000
09/01/10 - Started Atripla
10/01/10 - VL 1,427
12/02/10 - CD4 611 VL 424
01/06/11 - VL 86 (Díoh, this is taking forever!... 47 more copies to go until UD)
03/09/11 - CD4 587 VL Undetectable!!!

Offline aztecan

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Re: latest viral load test
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 11:56:24 PM »
I had heard this test was available in some areas. It isn't here yet.

They count how many viruses are in a cubic milliliter of blood.

I remember when less than 400 was considered undetectable. I also remember when I had my first viral load done.

It was in 1995 and it was before it was considered standard of care.

But I digress . . .

So, how were your results?

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline surf18

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Re: latest viral load test
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011, 07:27:51 AM »
im in upstate ny. a smallish city so that is why i was taken aback.
yea he told me too that he remembered when ud was less than 400 too. all my other test were less than 48
this one showed me less than 20. he said that was pretty much non existant in me. that was cool.
cd 4 407 percent 22
started on meds in july with cd of 225 and 12% load of 16000

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: latest viral load test
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011, 11:24:56 AM »
I had the "20" viral load test for the first time in November.  Big woop though as it's really no different than 48.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline eric48

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Re: latest viral load test
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011, 02:08:19 PM »
Actually, this is a question raised by some researchers here as measuring VL down to 5 appears to be attainable goal for commercial equipment down the road. (they do it down to 1 in Research labs)

Question is: is it really necessary ? and worth the extra cost. ?

That question remains open

Apparently a fair number of people who are UD for a while are in fact at/below/around 1 ...

My doc commented that , nonetheless, some people, included in research studies, remain in the 25s and they do not know why... Maybe some measurement bias ?

Anyway measuring down to 20 is not that uncommon.... Its cool, though, Surf, MP, I am happy for you

Eric
NVP/ABC/3TC/... UD; CD4 > 1000; CD4/CD8 ~ 2.0   safety stock : 2 months

Offline surf18

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Re: latest viral load test
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011, 04:12:12 PM »
Well you know it maybe useless but if it makes me feel good then I'm good with it.
It makes me feel more healthy Im down with it.

 


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