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Seroconversion = Antibodies Production?
May 16, 2001

Professor, you did mention that antibodies are produced within a few days after an infection. If so, then why does seroconversion take up to six months to occur? If I'm correct, seroconversion refers to the time frame in which antibodies are produced. I'm kind of confused about it.

I would really appreciate if you could help to clarify this issue. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Commercial assays require that certain antibodies at a certain level be present in the blood in order for them to be detected. More sophisticated assays (that are not available to the public) are more sensitive and may pick antibody production earlier.



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