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undetected viral count
Jul 19, 2004

I was infected with HIV in Dec 2003. In February, 2003 I tested positive by ELISA and Western Blot. However, my viral load in March 2003 was at 140, now I am undetectable under 50. My tcell count remains between 850 and 1100. What are the normal viral loads when a person first becomes infected? Also, does the viral load change, or does it remain overall constant over the years.

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In your case, given your very high CD4 count, it is likely you will remain undetectable, or with a very low detectable viral load for quite some time. In almost all cases, the viral load is over 100,000 to > 1 million during the acute infection stage, particularly before antibodies to HIV are made by the immune system.



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