Abstract: HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) researchers are often con cerned with the correlation between HIV viral load measurements and CD4+ lymphocyte counts. Due to the lower limits of detection (LOD) of the avail able assays, HIV viral load measurements are subject to left-censoring. Mo tivated by these considerations, the maximum likelihood (ML) method under normality assumptions was recently proposed for estimating the correlation between two continuous variables that are subject to left-censoring. In this paper, we propose a generalized estimating equations (GEE) approach as an alternative to estimate such a correlation coefficient. We investigate the robustness to the normality assumption of the ML and the GEE approaches via simulations. An actual HIV data example is used for illustration.