|Could I be HIV Negative ?
Feb 10, 2008
I had unprotected sex about three years ago while in a very short lived heterosexual relationship. I have not had any sexual relationships since, or hiv symptoms, but have been nervous about my past. I recently tested positive via the Western Blot, however, Ive been told my viral load is undetectable and my t-cell count is about 860. My doctors assistant called to ask me to have more tests done, because with my viral load being undetectable and t-cell count in the range of a healthy person, I could not be hiv+ but they just want to be sure. I know that Western Blot tests can be incorrect a very, very small percentage of the time, but does this make sense to you? Could it be that I actually am not hiv+ even though the Western Blot says I am? (Im wanting a second opinion.)
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
If the screening EIA and western blot are both positive, then that indicates HIV infection. People can be HIV infected and have an undetectable viral load, particularly with a normal CD4 count such as yours. This usually indicates that the immune system is doing a very good job of containing the infection on its own without the need for HIV treatment.
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