|VL undetectable without medication. What does this mean?
Feb 3, 2007
I'm 37 years old and was tested HIV positive 6 months ago. I'm pretty sure I have been infected some time between May 2003 and May 2006. 6 months ago, my VL was undetectable (<40)and my CD4 count 334. Last week I got tested again; my CD4 count went up to 626, and my VL is still undetectable. I haven't started medication yet, and feel healthy and happy. I'm wondering though how it can be that my viral load remains undetectable. Is this quite normal at the beginning, could I have a strain of HIV that cannot be detected, or is my body somehow able to control the virus by itself? Could it stay like this forever?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Your situation is not common, but definitely seen with HIV infection.
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