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Is there a viral load range to determine how recent a person was infected with HIV ie, 1 month exposure > 12 months or more?
May 5, 2011

My husband was dignosted with HIV February of this year. We both went to the doctor this month for testing. His viral load is 658 and his CD4 count is 940. Does this mean that this is a recent infection? Can his body be controlling the infection and causing his viral load not to increase because he has been positive for a while or is this a recent exposure?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and so sorry to hear about your husband.

Unfortunately, you cannot determine the time of infection on the basis of either CD4 or viral load testing. On the basis of his low viral load, it would appear that he (or his immune system) is indeed doing a very good job of controlling the virus.

Be well, BY



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