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low load, no drugs, getting aids
Mar 15, 2000

I am dating someone that is positive and has been for a 10 years. He has a low viral count and due to this, is not taking any drug treatment. Is this normal? He also said since it is so low, it is due to maybe getting it from someone on drug treatment for aids and this may prevent him from getting full blown aids. Is this true?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Some HIV+s do have low viral loads without treatment -- they're lucky, but unusual. It is not due to his getting it from someone who was treated, it is due to the interaction of the strain of HIV he got with his immune system. He may have gotten a weaker strain or may have a tough immune system. At any rate, even with a low viral load, he can transmit HIV to you, so practice safe sex at all times.


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