|newly diagnosed with hiv but no viral load
Jan 30, 2011
Hello Doctor I am a 38 year old gay male who was recently diagnosed with hiv. I actually went to the rapid test the week before and tested negative because i was experiencing flu like symptoms. My doctor repeated my test because I tested negative 6 months ago and on these most 2 recent tests my cd4 was 741 but my viraL load remained undetectable. My doctor looked boggled and said he only ever seen this once. I am concerned also because I have been with my partner unprotected and wasnt sure if his risk to convert remains high or does it decrease. HE was just tested 2 weeks after are last unprotected sexual encounter and his cd4 was 567 western blot negative and undtetectable viral load. Do you have any input on this. Thanks
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Assuming you have a positive confirmatory HIV western blot test result, yes, having an undetectable viral load is unusual, but not unheard of during acute infection. Your partner will need to have a follow-up test in 6 months to definitively rule out HIV infection.
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