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How rare is it for treatment naive HIVers to have an undetectable VL a year or more after infection?

Oct 11, 2003

Dr. Holodniy,

How rare is it for someone who is treatmnet naive to have an undetectable viral load and normal number of CD4 cells 16 months after infection?

If someone cannot produce HIV antibodies in response to infection, would you expect to see higher than usual viral loads a year or 16 months later?


Response from Dr. Holodniy

It is relatively rare, certainly < 5% of infections, but has been seen. I am not sure of any data to answer the second question.

Viral Load Undetectable but CD4s Keep Dropping
Viral Load over 100,000

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