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Partner Low Viral Load Seroconvert

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Women and HIV Viral Load

Table of Contents What Is a Viral Load? How Are Viral Load Results Used? When Should You Be Tested? Women and Viral Load Areas of Future Viral Load Research What Is a Viral Load? HIV attacks immune system cells called CD4 cells. HIV enters these cells and turns them into virusfactories that produce thousands of copies of HIV. As the virus grows, itdamages or kills CD4 cells, weakening your immune system. Viral load is the...
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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 »

Low viral load and transmission

I wish to start out by saying thank you so very much for having this forum here. My partner is positive and I am negative. I never thought I would fall in love with a positive person as I have lost every friend I grew up with from AIDS. I always...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
Of course this is one of the "million dollar questions," and you are certainly not alone in asking it. And unfortunately, it is difficult for anyone to give you a "percent" risk that would apply to you individually. It seems to... Read more »

Recent infection, low viral load, ?prognosis

Dr. Holodniy,Excellent forum, I find it very informative. My question is this: I have a friend who recently seroconverted (HIV Ab neg in May, then pos in July) whose first viral load was 6,000 and CD4 380. Is this a typical VL so early in...
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 appears at first glance that your friend does have a lower setpoint. This does indeed have implications for prognosis. In the absence of therapy, a person with this viral load generally would have a low to moderate risk of progression. In other... Read more »

Very low viral load after diagnosis

Hi, I was diagnosed with HIV on 18th September. In the couple of weeks after disgnosis i had my bloods taken twice. My doctor said she believed that my infection was in the last 3 or 4 months (she quoted a test used for this but I've forgotten...
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 CD4 count is in the normal range (500-1500), and the difference between those two values is not significant. Your viral load level is very low, barely detectable in fact. It looks like your immune system is able to control the infection on its... Read more »
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Help me make sense of these results if you can - low viral load

Posted by Souledout, 5 Replies
Hi, I tested positive on 18th september. Massive shock all round and then the usual route of worry, stress and then acceptance. Great support from my friends and partner which has helped a great deal.

My doctor thinks my infection was in the last 3... Read more »

seroconverted in June and now a "magnetic couple"

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I just became positive, not just tested, but actually got infected in May and seroconverted in June... I have not been intimate w/ my partner beccause of high viral load and I feel like " I got caught"... any way to work this out?.. my partner wants... Read more »

How did I seroconvert?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was negative with a positive partner. After a year of ALWAYS having safe sex I now find myself positive. It was shocking, because I know that before this relationship I had safe sex with many positive men and was always OK. Some of the possible... Read more »

Sex w/ someone who has not seroconverted yet

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know anything about the contagion risk of having a high risk encounter with someone who might have contracted HIV very recently (within 1-2months) and has not yet started producing anti-bodies (and might test ELISA negative)? Is it as... Read more »