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Re: Low viral load and pep
Sep 19, 2004

Dear Dr Pierone,

Thanks for your reply.

I stopped the treatment for a week and did another Bdna test. It showed 66 copies but the elisa/wb is still negative. I am absolutely lost here. I have decided to start treatment again. It has been 3 1/2 months now since my exposure.

I can seem to understand why is it that when I am on treatment the viral load <50 but as soon as I stop, it shows something even though it may be low.

Is is possible that I am positive but the elisa/wb does not pick up the subtype? Is there any other test I can do to confirm infection?

Response from Dr. Pierone

The Elisa/Western Blot should be more sensitive than the bDNA test for an uncommon subtype so that would not likely explain your situation. Perhaps the viral load test is again false positive.

Before going back on therapy I think it makes sense to try and confirm the positive low level result with an alternative viral load test kit. Good luck and let us know how things turn out.

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