How can viral load test be undetectable when HIV was tested positive?

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Posted on Fri, 30 Oct 2015 in General Health
Question: Hi Doctor, My dad got tested for HIV before ear surgery and result said HIV positive and CD count is 481, when he went for a viral load test, it said undetectable. he is not given any ART or any treatment. how can viral load test be undetectable!!!?? I am thinking if the initial HIV test was false. help me understand here!!!
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Possible false positive?Repeat tests

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I can understand your concern.

This could be a false positive results initially.

I advise you to repeat tests with HIV DUO followed by ELISA at a different lab.

This will help to rule in /out earlier results.

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