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Author Topic: What's your semen viral load?  (Read 1705 times)

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Offline Tempeboy

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What's your semen viral load?
« on: August 29, 2007, 03:13:01 AM »
Read this today and it sounds logical - but I don't know anyone who knows the load of their load.  Can forum members enlighten?

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: What's your semen viral load?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 07:53:38 AM »

Never had mine tested, so I couldn't tell you what the viral load was/is in my semen. There was a discussion a while back in this thread :


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Offline CallMeSid

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Re: What's your semen viral load?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2007, 03:43:00 PM »

Let's say, just for the sake of argument, that for all HIV+ men, the viral load in semen was identical to the viral load in the plasma.  So if your plasma VL is "undetectable", so is your semen VL.  If your plasma VL is 100,000 copies/uL, your semen VL is also 100,000 copies/uL.  (Again, I'm not saying that it is, just assuming so for the sake of argument.)

I think the important thing to remember is that "undetectable" does NOT mean "zero".  So, if your plasma VL is "undetectable" it means somewhere between 1 and 49 copes/uL.  And since your semen VL is the same (for the sake of argument), it's also somewhere between 1 and 49 copies/uL.

So, if you shoot, say, 5 mL of semen when you ejaculate in your partner's rectum or vagina, you're shooting out between 10 and 490 copies of HIV RNA (1 mL =10 uL (i think)).  Would that be enough to infect your partner if you didn't use a condom?

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07/2007 CD4: 795 (40%), VL: <50
09/2007 CD4: 629 (43%), VL: 895  (~2 weeks after measles/mumps/rubella booster)
12/2007 CD4: 854 (45%), VL: <50
03/2008 CD4: 880 (45%), VL: 151
12/2008 CD4: 943 (46%), VL: 116
05/2009 CD4: 865 (44%)  VL: 107

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Re: What's your semen viral load?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 12:35:28 AM »
My doctor does medical research along with his normal practice and he mentioned that this is one of the questions he has been working on.  It appears that the virus concentrates in the semen and they are trying to figure out exactly why it does.  So from that I would say that it would be higher in the semen than in the blood.

If they can find this out, then it would be a benefit in helping to slow down the spread of the virus and maybe provide another point of attack. 


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