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antibodies without infection

Aug 18, 2001

A while ago I asked about the possibility of being HIV positive without being HIV infected, since HIV positive by definition merely signifies the presence of antibodies. In your response you said it could happen, and then you said "However these very few cases pale in comparison to the 40 million cases that are HIV antibody positive and have evidence of active infection by virtue of positive viral load or DNA PCR tests."

What is the estimated number of HIV positives who have had viral load testing? Surely it is not 40 million?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You would have to ask Roche and Bayer where they are selling viral load kits and how many tests are being performed there.

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