Jun 17, 2010
daer dr, how long after being infected is acute retroviral syndrome the viral load is very very high is it few months after infection . does viral load remain 103 four to 5 months after infection if so does it mean that viral load may b false. Is it general that maximum people can have false viral load. thanking you for ur reply and ur devotion
| Response from Dr. McGowan
The average time to develop symptoms during acute HIV infection is about 3 weeks, however it may take up to 2-3 months for the initial phase of the infection to pass. Generally during this stage the HIV viral load is very high...in the 100,000s to millions. If I read your question correctly, a viral load of 103 at 4-5 months following infection would be extremely unlikely. This could represent either a later stage of infection after the viral load decreased to a set-point which was very low in this case, or a false positive viral load. The distinction would be based on the results of the HIV antibody test. By 4-5 months after infection the EIA antibody test should be positive in a true infection. If it is not then this would be a "false positive" viral load measure.
Hope that helps.
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