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Does negative always mean negative??
      #177837 - 03/01/06 04:17 PM

Ive read a lot on here where people say they are positive, but their "viral load" or whatever, is undetectable?? So does that mean if they were to walk into a clinic, take a rapid OraSure test, it would come back negative?!!?

Or if you take the orasure test, and its negative then it really IS negative????? (assuming you've waited the proper amount of time to test). People with a low viral load still test positive on an antibody test like that correct???

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Re: Does negative always mean negative?? new
      #177839 - 03/01/06 04:30 PM

Normally when they test people for hiv, they don't test for viral load, but for antibodies that your system creates in response to the virus. They are not evaluating or tracing the virus if you will. The CDC stated that 3 months is enough time for your body to create the antibodies. If you are not infected, you will not be detected antibodies.. thus.. you are NEGATIVE.. Hopefully I made sense :)

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Re: Does negative always mean negative?? new
      #177843 - 03/01/06 05:02 PM

yes....I think that made sense to me!

So basicly, if you're positive and you have the antibodies, they are there FOREVER. Whether you test at 3 months or 3 years....those don't change....just the viral load?

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Re: Does negative always mean negative?? new
      #177850 - 03/01/06 05:43 PM

neg for antibodies has nothing to do with viral load, someone who is undetectable for the virus if they are infected they will still register positvie , once pos alway pos. neg after 3 months is neg. love and peace

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