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HIV Viral Load Testing

As a person with HIV, having your viral load tested will likely be an importantpart of your plan to stay healthy. You will have the test done regularly,and it will be one of several factorsyou and your doctor will look at whendeciding how to manage your infection. This brochure introduces you tothe viral load test and answers basicquestions about how it fits into yourtreatment plan. What is the viral load test? A viral load test measures...
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Flu shots & false positive on viral load tests

I am a middle age heterosexual male. I had unprotected sex single woman 11 weeks ago. My physician gave me a viral load test 2 weeks ago, but he gave me a flu shot about 5 minutes before in the other arm. My viral load test came out positive --...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It's hard to interpret test results without more information. I can't tell you what effect a flu shot given five minutes before a viral load test will have. Vaccinations could yield an indeterminate result on an antibody test (this is... Read more »

Positive elisa, negative western blot and viral load.. Retest?

Last year i had a false positive HIV test result. My elisa was positive and western blot was negative. My doc told me she didn't think I had HIV but wanted to do a viral load test to be sure. That was negative and she told me' no need to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.A "false positive HIV test" is by definition a negative HIV test. A positive ELISA with negative Western Blot outside the window period is considered to be a negative HIV-screening test. The undetectable quantitative HIV RNA PCR plasma... Read more »

Positive Elisa, Negative Western Blot, Dr wants to do a HIV Viral Load

I tested positve for HIV with 2 pregnancies on the ELISA and both were negative Western Blot. I thought if the Western Blot was negative I was truly negative. But my Dr. did a HIV Viral Load today. If the Viral load is positive could it be a false...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are correct! A positive screening HIV test followed by a negative Western Blot test is considered a negative HIV test! Your HIV-acquisition risk is essentially nonexistent, which would be consistent with your negative HIV test results.... Read more »

False positive or false negative?

First of all I dont know if I am posting this question on the right forum but!!!!OK, here we go: In June 2005 I tested positive with a VL of 330,000 and antibody test at this time it was non react which for what I have read is negative for the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Your HIV viral load was positive before treatment, I can't explain the antibody results.... Read more »
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Confused false positive or false negative?

Posted by Xian, 1 Reply
Hi All,

Please help with my story and results.

I had unprotected vaginal sex April 9th,2014. I was male.

Tested on May 2,2014(24 days - 3.4 weeks) - blood was drawn and sent to local lab.
Hiv1/2 antibody( should be 3rd gen elisa)w reflex.
The antibody... Read more »

False Positive

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Has Anyone heard about getting a false possitive from the DNA PCR test? I am awaitinf results as we speak and I am just about to loose my mind here I am covinced I am going to test POS Read more »

False Positive?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone know if marijuana could cause a false positive test result (specifically for an HIV DNA by PCR)? I smoked a lot about five days prior to my test. Also, I am on an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication called Effexor (150 mg). Does... Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
took hiv viral load after 6 months exposure they did the old
hiv viral load not the one that can detect down to 20 copies
hiv viral load <400. would your viral load be over 400 after 6 months exposure? Read more »