Viral Load Soon After Positive HIV Antibody Test
Aug 26, 1999
Hi, Being a gay man, I have been HIV tested routinely for years. In January, 99 I was tested negative. During a recent visit to my doctor for headaches and fatigue, I requested we test HIV. It came back positive. He said when positive (ELISA), they retest. When both are positive, they automatically do a Western Blot. It was positive. He said it left the medical establishment virtually 100% sure I am positive. Two weeks later, I had the Viral Load and CD4 testing done. VL was undetectable (to <20 copies) and the CD4 T-cell count was 1204. Now he is not so sure and is redoing the HIV antibody test. Not knowing the exact date of exposure, do you think my VL should be zero if really positive? I couldn't see any responses as to exposure and VL showing up timeframes.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It is possible, but rare, to be in early chronic infection and have an undetectable viral load and normal T cell count.An additional confirmatory test would be a HIV DNA PCR test, which detects HIV inside blood cells.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Purple Spots Could I Have Acute HIV Infection
- How Likely Is It To Get HIV From Sex With A Prostitute?
- Diarrhea After Unprotected Vaginal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Runny Nose After Oral Sex With No Protection Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Do Pap Smears Test For Gonorrhea?
- 9 Month Negative HIV Test
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.