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Hiv Viral Load Test

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pos. person on meds testing neg. possible? (HIV ANTIBODY TEST VERSUS HIV VIRAL LOAD TEST)

Hi Dr. Bob. First thank you for all your generous answers. My question is:If someone is on meds for hiv(any, not specific)and their v.l. is undetectable, how possible is it they can go down to the local health department and test negative? Thanks...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...(first three months after exposure), then you have not acquired the infection. These types of tests are very different from HIV viral load tests! The viral load tests reflect active HIV replication. Once an HIV-antibody positive person begins... Read more »


I just read "Viral load is o" and your answer was that he is not completely free of the hiv virus... Read more »

First hiv viral load test

Hi doctor. I just found out I was hiv positive. I recently had my first cd4 count and viral load... Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

... Is it possible to have an "undetectable" viral load if you've never taken HIV medications? How can two of the available HIV viral load tests -- PCR and NASBA -- both be legitimate when they each get different results? Do different viral... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

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 Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Abbott Wins U.S. Approval for HIV Viral Load Test

... On Friday, Abbott Laboratories Inc. said it had gained US approval for a viral load test for blood samples in automated lab systems. The RealTime HIV-1 viral load test was developed for use with Abbott's m2000 Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests II: Viral Load, Resistance and Tropism

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools Viral Load Test Resistance Test Tropism Test Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular lab tests is a necessary Read more »
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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. Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...routine. Despite the availability of a reliable method to detect this initial phase of infection, the polymerase chain reaction viral load test, medical providers worldwide will diagnose only about one of every 60,000 cases of acute HIV... Read more »


Posted by Ozarkbuddy, 3 Replies
...out. I went to the Urgent Care and asked them to run some other tests to see if I was indeed HIV+. They ran P24 antigen, RNA HIV Viral Load Test, Another standard HIV screen and regular blood panel. A week later I went back and the HIV screen... Read more »

Viral Load Testing.

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
...tingling in my legs, numbness in fingertips. While he didn't necessarily think those symptoms were HIV related, he did offer a viral load test. He didn't exactly come out and say that he didn't put alot of faith in the HIV antibody test but I... Read more »