HIV viral blips no cause for alarm

Transient spikes in viral load are common in patients with HIV and shouldn't provoke a knee-jerk change of therapy, an Australian expert says.

The phenomenon, known as a ‘blip', occurs when HIV is detected as a one-off in a patient in whom the virus had previously been suppressed by antiretroviral therapy.

In a study of more than 3400 HIV patients, Melbourne researchers found blips were common, with about 20% of patients on treatment having experienced