|acute co-infection viral levels
May 5, 2002
Dear Dr. Rodriguez-Torres,
During acute simultaneous HIV/Hep co-infection (prior to antibody formation), at what point would you expect detectable HIV or Hep viremia? Is viremia detectable during acute co-infection for long periods prior to antibody formation in delayed seroconversion, or would viremia only present immediately prior to the delayed seroconversion?
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
Tests for viremia for HCV,and HIV are more and more specific now,and can detect very low levels of virus.You can have a positive test after infection ,in as little as days,without doubt, in weeks after infection.Seroconversion will take months.
HEPATITIS B SURFACE AB POSITIVE
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.