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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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