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Is it a minor or a major hiv+?
Aug 24, 2011

Hi Doc,

http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/Other/Q216501.html

It turns out that the WB test is positive, Here are the results of both of may parents : Father 1st Test OD 17.41 CO 0.25 REACTIVE 2nd Test OD 3.633 CO 0.254 REACTIVE 3rd Test OD 2.718 CO 0.228 REACTIVE Western Blot POSITIVE

Mother 1st Test OD 18.52 CO 0.25 REACTIVE 2nd Test OD 3.348 CO 0.254 REACTIVE 3rd Test OD 3.117 CO 0.228 REACTIVE

My question is from the results is it just a start of HIV+ or has the virus been in my parents body for quite some time ? Thanks Doc you really helped me a lot.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello.

The results listed in your post indicate your father has a repeatedly reactive (positive) ELISA/EIA test and a positive Western Blot (WB).

Your mother's test results show only a repeatedly reactive (positive) ELISA/EIA test. There is no indication of a Western Blot test result.

These tests reveal only that your father is HIV infected as evidenced by a positive screening ELISA/EIA and confirmatory positive WB. These are merely diagnostic tests to ascertain if he is infected by the virus. They do not give any indication of how long he may have been infected or what damage the virus may have done to his immune system so far. He will need a CD4 count/CD4% to evaluate the health of his immune system and a plasma HIV RNA PCR viral load test to ascertain how active the virus is.

The next step for your mother is to get a confirmatory Western Blot. If positive, she, too, will need a CD4/CD4% and viral load tests to evaluate damage to her immune system and activity of the virus.

Your parents will need to establish care with an HIV physician specialist. There is a wealth of information on this site that may be of benefit to you and your parents. Have a look around. Begin with the sections entitled "The Basics" and "Just Diagnosed Resource Center," which can be easily accessed on The Body's homepage. There you will learn more about HIV diagnostic and monitoring tests as well as treatment options.

Good luck to you and your folks.

Dr. Bob

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