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Can first test results suggest date of infection?

Sep 19, 2004


I am HIV+, 48 yr. old male.

My first HIV blood test was about three weeks after I first succumbed to seroconversion illness. The results were:

HIV-1/2 Screen MEIA Reactive HIV-1/2 Supplemental Reactive HIV-1 Western Blot Weakly Reactive HIV-1 p24Ag EIA Non-Reactive

The test was repeated a month later at which time it was confirmed that I am HIV+. That test also found that my VL was >500,000. A month after that, my VL had dropped to 185,000, and my CD4+ ct. was 200. In subsequent months, VL fell further, and CD4+ rose somewhat.

My question: Is it possible to determine the most likely date range for my infection, based on these results?

Thank you.

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Response from Dr. Holodniy

It sounds from your symptoms and lab test results that infection occurred about 2-4 weeks prior to symptoms developing.

Dr. Holodniy, your opinion please
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