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Question

What does Log 10 RNA value mean?

My last result was LOG 10 HIV RNA value 2.663. Is this good and shows that the medicine is working?

Answer

Hi, how are you doing?

Logs can be confusing but this is the right direction for your results. How long have you been on medication? A log value of 2.663 equals a viral load of 398. At diagnosis viral load can be over 100,000. Yours is encouraging suggesting that the medication is working. HIV medication can work quickly and within the first month is likely to be undetectable, though guidelines suggest waiting 3 months to be sure.

This table converts log values to viral load levels. 

If you have any more questions please ask,

Josh.

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