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symptoms, ELISA, viral load at 6 month

Aug 15, 2002

Dr. Kull,

Recently you mentioned that the condition that warrants further test beyond 6 months is when the symptoms are indicative of recent HIV infection (as determined BY YOUR DOCTOR). And according to Dr. Joel Gallant in John Hopkins, if someone is experiencing ARS, viral load would be fairly high. So is it valid to say that if somone experiencs ARS-like symptoms at 6 month, gets negative ELISA and undetectable viral load at 6 month, he can rule out HIV infection. Please advise your insight. Thanks a lot for your help.

Response from Mr. Kull

It's valid to say that if acute HIV infection is suspected and no virus is detected through PCR (viral load) testing, then the person is not experiencing acute infection. Antibody tests are not likely to be positive during acute infection, but should always be used to establish baseline.


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