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Author Topic: New viral load method: Detectable now after not been detectable for many years  (Read 1383 times)

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Offline Anonimo Perez

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Dear all
I would like to know if some one has have the experience to be undetectable long time and suddently become detectable due to a change in the precission of measurement.

In my last visit to the physician I got 45 viral load, after more than 13 years been undetectable (minus 50). Since my CD4 increased (from 1200 to close 1600) and all the other indicators are ok, my doctor told me not to worry, and mentioned that maybe that is my "normal load" now that in my country undetectability is measured with more precision (before minus 50, now I gess minus 20). That is fine; but now I can not take off of my mind if I will continue "detectable" with the new more precissed method or what to expect in that very precise level (I understand now they are using a method that declares undetectable somebody under 20). I also wonder if some one knows if there should be fluctuations in this tiny range minus 50 now measurable.

I am healthy and very positive in mind, just want to now if some one has had similar experiences. Thanks

Offline Jeff G

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I had the same thing happen and I think many more here can weigh in with the same .

A few years back a new more sensitive viral load essay came into use and it sent doctors and patients into a tail spin . Its clinically insignificant and your are not experiencing treatment failure . 
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Offline newt

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Getting undetectable means beating the test, tests always get better (measure lower)

Getting under 50 (or perhaps 40) is the target, this is when HIV goes to sleep and treatment will last for years. Much research conducted over more than a decade supports the under 50 position.

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Offline Anonimo Perez

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Thank you  Jeff and Newt for your answers. I feel better now.  Regards


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