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If Your Status Is Undetectable, Will You Test HIV Negative?

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Couples With Mixed HIV Status

Serodiscordant Couples What Are the Special Issues for Mixed Couples? Reducing the Risks Using a Condom Other Ways to Reduce Risk If You Are Exposed to HIV ... Having Children if the Man Has HIV Having Children if the Woman has HIV Serodiscordant Couples Couples with one person who is HIV-positive and one who is HIV-negative are sometimes called "serodiscordant" or "mixed serostatus". "Sero-" refers to blood serum....
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VL UNDETECTABLE. HIV TEST NEGATIVE??

IF YOUR VIRAL LOAD (AS AN HIV INFECTED PERSON) BECOMES UNDETECTABLE, DOES THAT MEAN THAT AN HIV TEST AT THIS TIME WOULD APPEAR NEGATIVE?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, an undetectable viral load will not change the results of an HIV antibody test. These are two very different tests that measure two very different things.HIV tests (ELISA and Western Blot assays) are serologic tests, tests that look for... Read more »

Undetectable: Would an HIV Test Be Negative Now?

Hi Dr. Wohl. I'm a local, having graduated from UNC-CH in '96. Thanks for all the helpful work you have done, and continue to do. My question is this: I was diagnosed with HIV recently, and have been on treatment for several months....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hi and shared congrats on the Tar Heels victory (although, for someone with a Y chromosone I am a most pathetic sports fan).Your question is a good one. The HIV tests used for general diagnosis of infection detect antibodies that the body makes in... Read more »

"Undetectable" would give negative in a new test?

Hi, my question is if once I get to an undetectable level of virus due to treatment, what would be the result at a new HIV test? Positive or negative?...
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
If you are asking about HIV antibody tests, the answer is yes, HIV antibody tests would still be positive.... Read more »

Undetectable Viral Load Infection and Superinfection (FINDINGS SUGGEST HIV CAN BE TRANSMITTED FROM MSM WITH UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD 2009) (SUPERINFECTION, 2009)

Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, we do not have reliable information as to how often this phenomenon occurs. As you can probably imagine it is quite challenging to conclusively prove that a particular strain of HIV was transmitted to an already infected individual. This... Read more »
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HIV Tests/Undetectable

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have a question.... Given a person who tests hiv-neg versus another person who has tested hiv-pos in the past and is on drug therapy to the point that his/her hiv levels are described as "undetectable" who is to say that the first person who tests... Read more »

Negative Status Partners

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Is it possible to relax in the bedroom? If you're in a long term mixed status relationship is there a point where you ever quit worrying about getting it? Help please Read more »

Rear undetectable strain, group, CRFs - false negative

Posted by Vasyl, 2 Replies
Hello!

I read a lot of literature about HIV after my indecent.
Now I made a conclusion I'm infected with some rear HIV strain/group/CRF which tests can't detect.
If you read my story you'll probably see there are too many facts which lead to this... Read more »

Pride 2014: Bradford McIntyre proudly declares his HIV status to encourage others to get tested

Posted by bradford
by Charlie Smith on Aug 4, 2014

AT THIS YEAR'S Vancouver Pride celebrations, Bradford McIntyre marked another milestone in his remarkable life.

A decade ago, the sign said "20 years".

"I'm in shock that I'm still alive and still here and still doing... Read more »