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What Does The Term Hiv Positive Mean

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what do "blip, undetectable and viral load terms" mean

gooday doctorjust turned positive and i am learning about the disease,i would be glad if you could explain what do the terms i have stated meanthankyou...
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
VIral load is the amount of HIV that is in a quantity of blood plasma. It is usually presented as copies/mL. Undetectable viral load means the viral load in blood is < 50 copies/mL. A blip usually refers to a low detectable viral load after one... Read more »

does this mean some people are positive who stay negative?

Dr. Dave,Sorry to bother you but I found this article listed and I thought it was significant because (1) how does one know if they fall into the category below and (2) would one as this need treatment? THanks.RaymosBreakthrough HIV Infection in...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I was at Dr. Zhu's presentation and since have been waiting for the flood of emails to this forum regarding its findings - particularly the possible identification of individuals who may have been infected with HIV and harbor low levels of... Read more »

positive screening means hiv+?

does a positive screening test for hiv mean that you are hiv positive?...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
Not necessarily. When one talks about a screening test, they are talking about a test called an ELISA. A positive screening test is always confrimed by a test called a western blot. If the confirmatory test is negative, I usually recommend a repeat... Read more »

What does PEPFAR's passing mean for HIV-positive immigration?

Dear Dr. Bob,Now that Bush has signed the PEPFAR bill and the HIV ban on immigration has been eliminated, what does that mean for HIV-positive people hoping to get work visas or even green cards for the US? Will HHS lift HIV off it's list of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Well, the law has been passed and Dubya signed it. However, Dubya has the nasty habit of not always following the law. Certainly, when Obama moves into the White House and we have a return to science-based policies and common sense, the ban will... Read more »
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Does this mean he is HIV positive please help

Posted by kyiala, 2 Replies
Ok I hope I can find an answer to my question

i was married in Oct of 07 to a man who I met and fell in love with very quickly, When we first met I had him go to the clinic to be tested for STD's he went and showed me paperwork that he was negative... Read more »

The Meaning of Being HIV Positive

Posted by edanmilton
I am 24 years old, an immigrant to the US, a recent college graduate, recently moved to Seattle to be with my partner of eight months, non-alcoholic drinker, do not smoke, have not tried drugs and recently tested positive with HIV.

Do I feel shameful... Read more »

Long Term Disability Insurance and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
$13,000. Worth of advice
about group disability insurance coverage.


When I first became fully disabled and unable to work I was worried but felt comfortable in knowing that I was covered by my employers long-term group disability policy. I knew that... Read more »

my coming to terms

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i have posted here many times, some have gotten tired of my questions i know kinda repetative. I just got of the phone with my doctor at one of the country's leading specialist in hiv, duke university. she has assured me that if she thought that i... Read more »