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Question ABout Virus PT 2
May 13, 2007

Well, I am sure i have been infected for more than 6 months as I think i was infected around January. Also, my VL is undetectable, cd4 362, cd8 543, cd4 % 32.9. ANyway, I guess what i want to know is should i be concerned about their test being accurate and what is an HIV set point. Thanks in advance. I am constantly asking questions on here and i really appreciate the answers. They have really helped me to calm down about my new status.

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Question abou the virus May 6, 2007

I recently tested pos and my viral load came back undetectable. However, i have been reading on this thing about people who testing positive and the results come back high, low, or in between. My questioin, is shoudlnt everyone's test be low or undetectable when they first get diagnosed and then the numbers increase from there. My friend told me something about your viral load shooting up or something. Have my viral load already shot up. I guess I am just confused about how the virus initally begins its "attack"

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Although you recently tested positive, is this really acute infection within the last few weeks, or could you have been infected for months to years? Although it is much more likely to have detectable viral loads, a small percentage of people in early chronic infection can be undetectable.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

If you have had consistently undetectable viral loads, then the results are probably real and accurate. The setpoint is the viral load that people usually consistently have after about 6-12 months after acute infection. In your case the set point may very well be undetectable.



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