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September 24th, 2011

Warning: Viral Replication is Hazardous to Your Health

When studies evaluate the prognostic importance of measuring HIV viral load, they generally do so by assessing a single measurement rather than values obtained longitudinally.  One obvious limitation of this approach is that baseline VL poorly predicts outcome after ART initiation — a finding in stark contrast to the original description of VL from the […]


March 4th, 2009

TaqMan HIV RNA Assay: Be Careful What You Wish For

At our hospital lab, we recently switched from the bDNA viral load assay to the new Roche TaqMan real-time PCR test.  The virologist in charge of our lab and the tech both agreed the assay was more accurate, more sensitive, and easier to do — so much so that we could increase the frequency of […]


HIV Information: Author Paul Sax, M.D.

Paul E. Sax, MD

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