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Feb 3, 2011

hi Dr. i wish to know is it possible to have viral load 104 atleast 4 month after freshly being infected as doctors say its not true i am not on any medicine. the viral load test report also says that the lowest detection limit is 400 to 750000. So does my viral load mean undetectable as it lies below lowest detection limit as per the test report. Secondly my cd4 850 cd4% 28. But my lymphocyte is little high of 56%.

My hiv test was negative 2 weeks after being exposed buy the results above are 4 months after being exposed.

Please help keeping my fingers crossed. if u were to judge with the above results .

Response from Dr. McGowan

Since the CD4 count is normal and the HIV test is negative at 4 months, the viral load test is likley a false positive. Especially since it is below the limit of detection. This is the reason that we do not recommend that a viral load test be done to diagnose HIV outside of a few circumstances such as when a person may be having an acute HIV infection (in which case the viral load is usually very very high (above 100,000, not 104). The best thing would be to get an HIV antibody test, if it is negative by 6 months after exposure that should be the last testing done for that exposure. Be sure to practice safer sex in the future. Best, Joe

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