[MCOH-EH] Genome Equivalents as a measure of viral load

Galaid Edward I Edward.Galaid at rsfh.com
Tue Nov 12 08:19:08 PST 2019

This is pertaining to the unit of measure that is used in the SHEA HCP with HBV/HCV/HIV infection document (https://www.shea-online.org/images/guidelines/BBPathogen_GL.pdf) to quantify viral load.

My Lab Director and his colleagues have not been able to come up with a conversion factor to express viral load as copies/mL or IU's.

Appreciate any info on how you're handling this.   This is not a new issue.  I am just stumped.

And maybe the SHEA document from 2010 is due for an update.


Ed Galaid

Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director, Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Occupational Medicine
Charleston, SC
Member, ACOEM Task Group,  Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers
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