Five negative after WB positive
Apr 7, 2013
3 years ago I got tested using the OraSure test and it came back reactive. Went for blood work. Cd4 was at 322, viral load 506,000. Western blot: protein-stain: p18-1, p24-3, p31-3, p40-2, gp41-1, p51-2 p55-2, p65-3, gp120--1, and gp160-3. With these results they immediately started treatment. I struggled finding a regimen I wast allergic to until Epzicom, Reyataz, and Norvir. Over time, my cd4s climbed to 700+ and my viral load dropped to undetectable, until recently. The last six months it has slowly climbed to ~4,000. My question is, though, with all of this, over the last year I have had a total of five antibody tests done (one blood and the others oral), all of which came back negative; how is this possible? I go to see a new doctor this month, and I am going to urge her to do another western blot, although I don't have much faith in its accuracy due to poor replication. I'm unsure of what I should do from here. What are my options? And could I actually be negative? Thank you, in advance, of your time and expertise.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
Why are you getting HIV antibody tests when your HIV viral load has been repeatedly positive? I am more concerned with why your viral load is now 4,000 after being undetectable while on HIV treatment. You should get a HIV resistance test performed to see whether your virus strain is now resistant to one or more of the HIV meds you are on.
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