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expected time to get non detectable results

Hi David, thanks for all your support and help in the forum.My question is, I am 48, diagnosed with HIV + last december. I started my regimen with Prezista, Truvada and Norvir in feb 2011, my results went down from 150.000 in the peak to 280 in my...
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
The average time to get to undetectable is 3-6 months, and that is dependent on the viral load level before treatment, degree of underlying immune suppression due to HIV, and the HIV regimen, among other reasons. It can take longer in some. I would... Read more »

Actual time it takes the virus to be detectable in the blood?

I would like to know the time it take a person who has just been infected with the H.I.V. virus to show up in the blood to be detectable? Is it different from person to person? I've been told it only takes 3 to 6 months for it to show up in an...
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
The virus itself can appear in a matter of days. You may be referring to certain HIV antibody tests.... Read more »

Viral load detectable for the first time

Please advise what you would do if, for the first time since beginning treatment (Abacavir, Neverapine, 3TC) 2-1/2 years ago, your VL became detectable by ultrasensitive assay (105). How soon should I retest? After how many detectable results...
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
I would test again in a month or so, and see if this was just a "blip", in which case it will be back below 50, or a significant trend, in which case it will probably be higher. A resistance will not be possible if the viral load is still... Read more »

Detectable Viral Load for the first time

Hello Doctor,It was 1 year ago today that I was diagnosed HIV+. My numbers so far have been great. I have had undetectable VL so far (<50), but in my last test my VL jumped to 97. CD4s were 1300 and CD4% was 47%The max CD4 in all the tests so far...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your post.You're one of the very rare and fortunate persons with an undetectable viral load without HIV medications. This likely means that you won't need HIV medications for a very, very long time, if ever. I wouldn't... Read more »
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can an HIV-1 test detect HIV-2?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I had several ELISA HIV 1 tests all negative (thank God). But now I'm wondering about HIV 2. Can the HIV 1 test detect HIV 2?

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HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV

Posted by nomoreworry4me
HIV tests that detect the genetic material of HIV itself (rather than antibodies or antigens) are known as PCR tests. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and is a common way of testing for a variety of different organisms. The overall process... Read more »

why is it so hard to detect the presence of hiv?

Posted by raymond, 1 Reply
because our bodies are not good at detecting it because the virus does not act like any other. most viruses consist of a protein coat and rna strain. the virus lands the protein coat injects the rna into the cells where the rna sstarts reproducing... Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »