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Timing of viral load tests

Sep 4, 2005


I was infected with HIV two and a half years ago (confirmed by two antibody tests), though my viral load tests have always been undetectable. (I am therefore not taking medication).

I get reoccuring acute symptoms (for 2/3 weeks at a time), but the viral load tests are never carried out at that time.

Would this make a difference or not?

I'm scared that the virus is doing serious harm to the lymphatic system without showing up in the blood and that my viral laod may be generally undetectable, but then peaks for 2/3 weeks (when tests are never taken) before falling again to undetectable levels.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate what your current CD4 count is, but assuming it is greater than about 400 or so, it is unlikely that getting a viral load during these episodes will be of any value.

First lab results and effect of just taking meds for nsu

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