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OK.  It's now been a week and a day since my doctor told me I was positive.  I tested negative in May and then I got tested again in the first week of September which came back positive.  As far as I know, there was no second test done.  I asked the doctor if he was sure about the result and he said 'yes'.   He took more blood to do the baseline measurements and only one has come back so far....CD4: 442.  Still waiting on the viral load test.  How long does that usually take to get back?  Like I said, it's been 8 days....I called my doctor for results but he didn't return my call yet.  I'm concerned about not getting that second test.  On the other hand, I figure if the viral load test comes back undetectable...that will warrant an antibody retest.  I know that this is grabbing at straws....but it's something that has been on my mind after reading some of the posts on here concerning confirmation tests.  I can't remember half of what my doctor said that day because I was so stunned.  Does anyone have an opinion on what I should do?   I know that the doctor would make damn sure before telling someone they were positive, or at least I hope they would.

Racing, your doctor should have done a confirmatory "Western Blot" test.

The other piece of your lab work that you are waiting to hear from your doctor is likely your viral load test.  It usually takes about two weeks to get these results.  Maybe as early as 12 days dep. on the lab.  Your doctor's nurse should be very accessable even if he is not, the nurse is able to pull your chart and see if results are back.

Good Luck,


actually kent, it truly does vary in the extreme on how long it takes to get labwork back depending on the lab and where you are located.   

My last labs were taken at about 10 am and the results, including viral load, were reported to my doc at about 6pm.

Now, that is certainly not normal being so speedy but the stars are lined up for that test.  I usually get my results in a day or two though, probably because where they send my blood is very close to where i live.

That being said, it's not usual to have it take 2 weeks either... again, it just depends on the lab, their 'volume' and backlog and if they do testing in batches, like running viral load tests once they accumulate a certain number.


You could always go and get a 20 minute oraquick swab antibody test done somewhere. If you're in the States, check out this HIV testing center database - just enter your zip code into the box and hit search.

Good luck - keep us posted.


Hello Racingmind,

First of all, I would like to say Welcome to the forum.  You are now a part of one of the most vital resource groups for support in dealing with your diagnosis.  I found out on August 10, 2006 that I was HIV Positive.  It was the most devastating news I had heard in my entire life.  I took a couple of days afterwards to express my anger and what I was feeling.  It has been a little over a month and I am doing okay.  I had my first doctors visit and he talked to me and then I had some labwork done.   My results took almost two weeks.   I found out through my first set of labs that my CD4 count was 240 with a Viral Load of 39,000.  My doctor suggested I have more labwork done to confirm the first set of numbers. The second lab test was done about two weeks later and I got the results back a lot quicker.  My new CD4 count was 359 with a Viral Load of 50,000.  I don't want to make these numbers an issue in my life because I know they will change from time to time.   I just want to tell you to keep your head up and keep enjoying life the way that you always have.  All of us are much bigger than this virus.  It is a part of our life now, but we still can enjoy life to the fullest - We just have to be a little more cautious.   I love you as I do everyone of my HIV Positive brothers and sisters and We WILL MAKE IT!!!!!


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