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what does this mean?

Aug 18, 2001

hi Mark,

While suffering from (possible) ARS i had an RNA test performed which came back +ve. My symptons stopped after six weeks from a low risk exposure and i had an antibody test one week later, which was -ve.

I'm now confused. Which of these do you think are possible? & which are most likely?

1. False RNA test. 2. I haven't seroconverted yet (but how can this be true if my symptons have stopped?). 3. A miracle has happened and the hiv didn't like me.

ps. i'll get tested again, but was just after your thoughts.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

It is hard to interpret from the information presented what the significance of the tests results are. Was the viral load result truly only reported as positive, or was there a copy number assigned to the result.

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