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Wondering about HIV
Jan 25, 2003

I have been with my partner for eight years and he is now been diagnosed with full blown AIDS. My antibody test is negative, is it possible that I am HIV positive and have not made antibodies against the virus? could seronegative HIV infection be possible??

Response from Dr. Remien

Most people who are infected with HIV will have a positive antibody test within three months of infection. Most doctors will recommend that people also test after six months of possible infection. Regular testing (annually) for people at risk is also recommended. However, while perhaps not impossible, it is extremely unlikely that someone can be infected with HIV but not test antibody positive after six months. Please speak with your own physician or your partner's physician about this.


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