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What does that mean?
      #71709 - 09/15/03 04:51 PM
Please read this and say what it means. I don't get it.

All the best for everyone.

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Re: What does that mean? new
      #71710 - 09/15/03 05:36 PM

A few things are possible here. This person could have tested before his body was able to produce antibodoes therefore it would give him a negatvie antibody test even though he is sick. That is why it is important to test at the 90 day mark or close to it.

The exceptionally low viral load also makes me wonder if this man is indeed even HIV+. A VL of 80 usually does not even show up on most tests.

I would re-test if I were this person. That Dr often gives very short answers and does not expand when he should.

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Re: What does that mean? new
      #71766 - 09/16/03 01:30 AM

It sounds like it means the guy was in the middle of ARS when he was tested with the antibody test. It was too soon for antibodies to show up. However, PCR's can and are used to diagnosis HIV infection during ARS.

It is during ARS that the body develops antibodies. Before antibodies have developed it is possible to measure the viral load of an infected individual. During ARS it’s common for the viral load will jump up and then settle down after ARS. His viral load taken during ARS was 100,000 which is high. As Dr. Holodniy stated in his answer, having a viral load (any viral load and he has already had two) showed that HIV was circulating in the blood and thus the person is infected.

The drop to a viral load of 80, which can be measured by one version of the PCR that measures down to 50 copies, shows the medication the person was put on is working to reduce the viral load.

This person's problem is that someone is causing them to second guess their doctor with incomplete and worse, just plain wrong information.

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