Feb 1, 2006
If HIV and Hep C were acquired simultaneously, could viral interference in primary infection between the two be so confounding to the immune system that CD8 activation might occur, but no antibodies or viral load be detectable for a long period of time for either pathogen?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
No! Even if antibody levels were delayed by two infections the levels of virus that is HIV and HCV would not be affected. If there were simultaneous infections with HBV and HCV, one virus would predominate by viral load, but antibodies would still eventually appear. There is so much misinformation around about this topic. It is still the viruses that are infecting people forget about the antibodies! Stay safe! DTD
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