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Can it be?

Sep 25, 2005

Hello Doctor Holodniy,

can it be a person who was not on treatment to have cd4 count of 240 (25%), cd8 - 970 and viral load - undetectable (50 copies range). Viral load tests have been done twice with the same result in different labs. Is it possible this to be false undetectable result due to HIV-1 complex recombinant form/strain? Antibody tests gave positive HIV-1 result. This happened to a just diagnosed friend of mine in Kenya and she was told that her viral load results are very good. I am very concerned that this Undetectable is just a false result. Would you suggest some other tests to be done?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It is possible that it truly could be undetectable, or depending on what specific viral load assay is being used, it could be a false negative.

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