|New Infection Low Viral Load Over Four Months
Oct 28, 2006
My question is this--back in July of this year my hiv test came back indeterminate. In the same month I had a Western Blot test, a viral load count and cd4 count test, aswell. My Western Blot came back with only two bands present, indeterminate, viral load--undetectable and cd4 in the high 700s... My two month test, Oct, viral load of 261 and cd4 in the 600's, and Western Blot--Positive..My ? is if I am positive how come my viral load is so low for a newly infected person..? Shouldn't it be through the roof?, considering if I was infected it most likely happened 6 weeks prior to my July test. What would u say might be going on? Should I start treatment to keep my viral load low? Is it some odd mutated virus? Thanks for your input...
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Given the positive western blot and low viral load in the face of presumed acute infection, the viral load results could be the result of a strain not readily picked up by the viral load test. You may want to have your doctor order a viral load test using a different method (not just a different lab). I would not think about treatment until you get this sorted out. If the viral load is truly low, then given your CD4 count, I don't think treatment would be warranted at this time.
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