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HIV - 1RNA copies/ml
Jul 25, 2004

Hi Doc, me again and my HIV-1 RNA copies/ml. Ive gone back to the lab report & it says:

HIV-1RNA copies/ml

DETECTABLE.

Viral copies were detected and validated but fall below the minimum limits of this assay ie 400copies/ml. I hope this gives more clarity than my previous questions. What is the meaning of this result? When does the body's immune system start to produce antibodies against this virus?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Hmmm... This probably indicates that signal is above background and therefore positive, but below the approved FDA quantitation limit of this assay. Most viral load assays use a < 50 copies/ml cutoff. Thus, it is likely you would have a quantifiable number if the ultrasensitive assay was used. Antibodies are beginning to be produced within a few days of infection. Detection may take week or two after infection.



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