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is my PVL undetectable
Sep 26, 2010

di Dr, my readings are as below. plasma viral load 103 as per AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR Test with out medication. CD4 750, CD4% 28. All other tests related to different organs, CBC, HCV,HBSag normal. The test was performed 4 months after i had unprotected sex.I was tested HIV negative 2 weeks after unprotected sex and did not test the same again . I fear with my viral load that level 4 months after infection could it be false. How do u view this results. My plv report also quotes as " Provisional number values lower then the low detection limit of the test kit is 400 copies/ml ( standard protocol) what is this and do i mean to have undetected PVL. Please help.

Response from Dr. McGowan

My suggestion is that you complete HIV antibody testing three months post exposure. If the three month test is negative, you should have a repeat test at six months and if this is negative then you do not have HIV infection (as long as there has been no further exposure in between). You should not rely on the HIV viral load to diagnose HIV infection at this point.

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