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Undetectable & HIV test

Jun 18, 2005

I have an undetectable VL. Since its undetectable, does that mean a regular HIV test would show negative? What exactly does undetectable mean? I was diagnosed in 6/2001 and have never completely understood.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

If your were "diagnosed" as HIV positive, that implies that an HIV antibody test and western blot confirmation test were both positive. A small percentage of people who are HIV infected, have continued evidence of HIV antibody positive tests, but have undetectable viral loads in the absence of treatment.

VL 0 but declining cd4

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