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Viral Load Tests

What Is Viral Load? How Is the Test Used? How Are Changes in Viral Load Measured? Viral Load "Blips" What Do the Numbers Mean? Are There Problems With the Viral Load Test? What Is Viral Load? The viral load test measures the amount of HIV virus in your blood. There are different techniques for doing this: The PCR ( p olymerase c hain r eaction) method uses an enzyme to multiply the HIV in the blood sample. Then a...
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Does an undetectable viral load make you antibody negative?

If a HIV+ person using HAART and successfully get undetectable viral load for a long period (years) will he/she normally also turn negative on a standard antibody HIV test or will such a test be positive forever no matter the viral load. (Even if...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. Regardless of a persons viral load, the HIV antibody tests will still remain positive. So even if a persons viral load is "below detectable levels", they will continue to show positive on the HIV antibody... Read more »

Viral Load Soon After Positive HIV Antibody Test

Hi, Being a gay man, I have been HIV tested routinely for years. In January, 99 I was tested negative. During a recent visit to my doctor for headaches and fatigue, I requested we test HIV. It came back positive. He said when positive (ELISA),...
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
It is possible, but rare, to be in early chronic infection and have an undetectable viral load and normal T cell count.An additional confirmatory test would be a HIV DNA PCR test, which detects HIV inside blood cells.MH... Read more »

Positive viral load but equivocal antibody results

I have been for 3 tests. First hiv result was positive. Second test results showed positive viral load but equivocal for antibodies. Third test showed the same as the second with a slightly lower viral load count. I have to return in two weeks to...
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
You don't indicate what HIV antibody tests were done, and what was meant by equivocal, and what the viral load levels were. It is very unlikely that repeatedly positive HIV viral load results would be false positives.... Read more »

People who have positive HCV antibody tests and negative viral loads

If somebody hasnt had any treatment, and his viral loads are negative that means he was exposed to the virus but now he is clean, what does it mean?The virus could shows again? Does he have to folow any special cares?Thank You for your answer...
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
In general a positive HCV antibody test and negative viral load indicates exposure and clearing of the infection. This has been reported to happen in about 20% of people exposed. It is unclear as to the probability of reemergence of active, chronic... Read more »
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hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
and Perhaps a Lifesaver?

By Paul Galatowitsch, Antonio Urbina and Timothy Law Snyder

Paul Galatowitsch is a health care consultant. Antonio Urbina is the director of clinical HIV and AIDS education at St. Vincent's Hospital. Timothy Law Snyder is a... Read more »

initial screening positive but no antibodies?

Posted by dmvcc99, 1 Reply
Forgive me if this has already been addressed. A week and a half ago I had a regular HIV screening. Not sure if this was ELISA or not, but my guess would be yes as it was through my general physician. From what my Dr. told me, the initial... Read more »


Posted by bura, 2 Replies
"The test can be used for diagnosis, because it can detect a viral load a few days after HIV infection. This is better than the standard HIV (antibody) test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection." If the antibody test can be... Read more »

another ?--viral load testing

Posted by anxious, 1 Reply
following my pre-seminal fluid post, i was just wondering about the viral load test. i think its the "pcr" test you guys keep referring to on here. well, being as anxious as i am for a result... what are the stats on this test? how conclusive is... Read more »