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Newly Tested Positive

Jun 16, 2007

I recently tested for HIV with an orasure swab test which came back EIA positive and WB inconclusive. I then retested using a blood test and both tests came back positive. My blood was drawn for my first viral load and CD4 count. The results came back with a 800 CD4 count and an undectable viral load. Are these test results normal even if I just recently tested positive? Shouldn't there be some type of spike in the viral loads after first becoming infected?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Recently testing positive does not necessarily mean recent infection. So unless your infection was truly within the last few weeks your current labs are certainly seen in those people who have immune systems that are able to contain the virus.

Sticking to one lab only?
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