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Author Topic: I'm confused about most recent labs...  (Read 2464 times)

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Offline canicken

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I'm confused about most recent labs...
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:58:47 AM »

I just got my most recent lab results back, and I don't understand part of the result.  I'm waiting to hear back from my Dr(P.A.), but in the meantime I thought I'd see if anyone here had seen this.

I was diagnosed HIV+ April 6th 2013....started Atripa May 17, 2013....
I got my first undetectable VL in July,
HIV-1 RNA by PCR  <20
HIV-1 RNA not detected

My labs  I got back today (9-23-12) show
HIV-1 RNA by PCR  <20
HIV-1 RNA detected

I'm confused why my VL would be under 20, but the RNA still show as detectable??

Has anyone else had a similar result...? So am I no longer undetectable if the lab shows HIV-1 RNA detected?  I know I'm splitting hairs here a little bit, and maybe a little over-reactive.....I'm just still new to this....and still get freaked out over stuff....I've also had a lot of illnesses in the last few months, things I've never really dealt with in the past....I swear I've spent more time on antibiotics this year than I have my enitre life....and that worries me too......

Thanks for reading this,


also...in Dallas, I am using Uptown Physicians group.....anyone else have experience with them???
04/06/2013 Tested Positive
04/08/2013 CD4 326 10.2% VL 16,720
04/18/2013 Started Atripla
05/17/2013 CD4 350 17.5% VL 90
06/22/2013 CD4 263 18.8% VL 20
07/22/2013 CD4 270 19.3% VL Undetectable
09/19/2013 CD4 313 17.4% VL Undetectable
12/22/2013 CD4 374 22.0% VL Undetectable
03/31/2014 CD4 409 21.5% VL Undetectable

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: I'm confused about most recent labs...
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 11:58:10 AM »
My latest labs say the same thing, where the line says "HIV-1 RNA detected" but also "HIV-1 RNA by PCR  <20"

I've only ever paid attention to the "<20" part indicating that my viral load is undetectable.
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Offline darryaz

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Re: I'm confused about most recent labs...
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 01:43:23 PM »
....and still get freaked out over stuff....

We all did.  That won't last long.   :D

I'll leave your specific question to one of the experts.

Offline wolfter

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Re: I'm confused about most recent labs...
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 01:46:56 PM »
Being honest is not wronging others, continuing the dishonesty is.


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