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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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      #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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Re: Does negative always mean negative?? new
      #177857 - 03/01/06 06:45 PM

The best viral load test result is "undetectable". This does not mean that there is no virus in your blood; it just means that there is not enough for the test to find and count. With the first viral load tests, "undetectable" meant 9,999 copies! "Undetectable" depends on the sensitivity of the test used on your blood sample.

There are no "magic" numbers for viral loads. We don't know how long you'll stay healthy with any particular viral load. All we know so far is that lower is better and seems to mean a longer, healthier life.

Some people may think that if their viral load is undetectable, they can't pass the HIV virus to another person. THIS IS NOT TRUE. There is no "safe" level of viral load. Although the risk is less, you can pass HIV to another person even if your viral load is undetectable.

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