|Indeterminate Western Blot & Low CD4 = 220
Mar 28, 2010
I was diagnosed with HIV Positive through blood test on 8th Feb through EIA/MEIA method that came out positive. Then did a Western Blot test on 12th Feb that came out indeterminate with only gp160 & p24. Then did a CD4 on 17th Feb with only 220. Now on 25th March, I am about to start my treatment with Combivir (day & night) and Stoctrin (night only) combination. But doctor asked me to see if my fever still persist because I had fever for about 3 days since last week and doctor suspect it could be allergy to bactrim I am taking for the past 2 1/2 weeks that they gave since 8th March.
My question is with my indeterminate status of Western Blot, am I confirmed HIV Positive? Even though they did a viral load test but the test result hasn't came out yet. So now I am just following whatever the doctor told me to do.
Reason why I took blood test for HIV is because I have rashes that goes on and off ever since and now the last rash is healing up, hopefully no more new rashes is showing up.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Many would consider that western blot as being positive because the 2 band positive results are from two different regions of the HIV virus, and would be extremely unlikely as a false positive result. The HIV viral load will be useful and will and additional western blot to see the additional positive bands develop.
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