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Positive Hiv Turns Undetected

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Test Positive Aware Network

Sexual Encounters With Undetectable HIV-Positive Men

Many HIV experts have recently become embroiled in a new controversy: Does an undetectable viral load translate to significant reduction in HIV transmission during sex? If so, are condoms necessary? What message should be imparted by physicians to... Read more »

As HIV Turns 30, Attention Turns to an Aging Epidemic

Michael Adams The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or other Federal agencies. Just two months before... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Minimal Risk of Sexual HIV Transmission for Heterosexual Couples When the HIV-Positive Partner Has an Undetectable Viral Load

A systematic review of publications reporting on rates of HIV transmission between heterosexual couples, where the HIV positive partner has an undetectable viral load on ART, revealed minimum risk of transmission. Michelle Letchumanan, on behalf... Read more »
Ask the Experts


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 »

False Positive?? Please help, no where else to turn

Dear Dr Bob,I need your help and dont know where else to turn... I am currently living in a country on a VISA an am scared to get professional advice as I think I am just paranoid, well I hope so anyway!I have been with my boyfriend now (in a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,There is no such thing as a "slightly positive" HIV test just as there is no such thing as being "slightly HIV infected". That you had a subsequent negative HIV-antibody/antigen test plus an undetectable HIV plasma viral... Read more »

Confusing test results, viral load undetectable but positive on all results

Dear Dr.Bob,First of all, many thanks for everything - last 2 months have been the scariest of my life and I do not know what I would have done (something self destructive for sure) if it hadnt been for your website and another caring HIV specialist...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1. Elite controllers in and of themselves are "highly unusual." Consequently, that you had an undetectable HIV RNA PCR viral load eight weeks after seroconversion is only unusual because you appear to be one of a very small group of... Read more »

Patient turned HIV negative after HIV drugs

A couple zi am counseling in their mid 50's recently started a relationship. The man is HIV negative but the female aquired HIV from a previous HIV husband and says took HIV drugs more than 8 years ago and as of 8 years ago she has been HIV...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Someone is either confused or not being truthful. Once someone has contracted HIV they are HIV positive for the duration of their life, even if they take HIV medications. For your couple in counseling the possibilities are:1.The HIV-positive... Read more »
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How long does it take to turn positive ?

Posted by Timmy, 1 Reply
Negative antibody cmia test at 94, 95,108 and 151 days. Undetectable hiv RNA test at 108 days. My CD4 Count is 778. Negative Western Blot test at 151 days. But my CPK is mildly increased to 196 U/L when to normal range is till 171 U/L. Worried if... Read more »

Possibility of Negative at 3 months turning positive later ?

Posted by Niv, 1 Reply
What is the chance of negative hiv test (4th gen cmia) at 3 months into positive later ? High risk heterosexual exposure experiencing ARS like symptom presently .... Sore throat, fatigue, rash, swollen lymph on the neck. I am so confused as many... Read more »

Chances of 40 day negative test turning positive

Posted by Athlete23, 1 Reply
Hi , I took an HIV test after 40 days of exposure I tested negative which I believe is 3rd generation ELISA from Quest Diagnostics. Now I did have protected sex vaginal and anal but when I was having vaginal sex I became soft and had some precum in... Read more »

Turning positive at 12th week?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I found out that my boyfriend was cheating on me during our relationship. I was tested with oraquick at 4, 8 & 11th weeks, all negative. I'm afraid if i re-test for the 12th week, I'll be positive. According to my hiv counselor, he said I could... Read more »