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Viral Load

Jun 29, 1999

Would a person have a VL detectable at 11 months after infection if he wss not on any medication? It was done with a detectable level of 50 copies. It came back undetectable. Do I need to be tested further? I read where the VL will level off...does it level off at lower then 50 copies? or is this very low? Is there a normal range that the VL will ususally level off at? Have you experienced anybody having false undetectable VL when not on medication? or heard of this happening? Is it frequent? My doctor told me that after 11 months I would have a VL in the 100 thousands area if I wasn't on medication. Not sure if I should believe her. Thanks for your help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Believe her. Although some people with HIV infection have a viral load of <50 and they are not on therapy, they have a positive HIV antibody test.


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