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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?

Thanks.

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.



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