|Result of HIV testing after treatment with ARVs
Sep 11, 2009
When a person on ARV treatment goes for viral load testing, and it shows undetectable, does it mean that the HIV antibody test will now be negative as well (ELISA or similar)? And if treatment fails and the viral load increases, if one is tested in the final terminal stage of AIDS - will the antibody test still be positive, even if the person's CD4 count is 0?
Response from Dr. Henry
The HIV antibody test remains positive on treatment even after the blood HIV level has gone to undetectable. Virologic failure does not equate to terminal clinical state but poses new challenges to re-achieve viral control and stable or improving immune status. The antibody test usually remains positive no matter what the CD4 count is. KH
Swollen Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.