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co-infection eclipse phase?
Feb 27, 2002

Does simultaneous co-infection (HIV/Hep/CMV) cause low/undetectable viral loads until antibodies are produced? Do the viruses remain occult/eclipsed until they are challenged by the immune system (ie., until antibodies are made)? Thanks for your guidance.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

No they do not. Acute infections with HIV and HCV cause elevated viral levels until the antibodies develop anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months later. Any combination of infections can be confusing in the early stages so repeat testing may be necessary to confirm any and all infections. DTD



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