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A study of HIV RNA viral load in AIDS patients with bacterial pneumonia.
 Bush CE, Donovan RM, Markowitz NP, Kvale P, Saravolatz LD
  "We examined the effect of bacterial pneumonia on the magnitude of circulating plasma HIV RNA in HIV-infected patients. Serum samples from 13 adult HIV-infected patients (median CD4 count = 83 cells/microl) were assayed for HIV RNA using the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assay (a) before bacterial pneumonia, (b) during the acute phase, and (c) after the recovery from the disease. All 13 patients had increased HIV RNA levels on developing pneumonia. There was a decline in the level of HIV RNA with recovery from pneumonia in 12 of 13 patients. The difference between the HIV RNA levels before and after pneumonia was not significant, nor was there significant difference in the CD4 counts before and after pneumonia. In conclusion, bacterial pneumonia is associated with a consistent, transient increase in HIV RNA of variable magnitude in AIDS patients."
  J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Hum Retrovirol 1996 Sep;13(1):23-61996