|from exposure to infection
Aug 4, 1999
I have heard authorities say one needs exposure to get reasonable quantities of body fluids from and HIV+ person to get HIV.
1) Does this mean there is a minimum amount of virus needed in one's blood to contract HIV?
2) If so, what happens to if one gets less than that minimum amount in one's blod - say like a few virus particles. Do they: a) get cleaned up quickly by the body's immune system and will there be antibodies formed as a result? b) stay and take forever to replicate and grow and maybe show up years later as a positive test?
3) In the end, why can't just one viral particle infect?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
1. Probably, but we don't know that number. 2. Depends on the type of exposure and the underlying genetics and immune system of the person. I don't think it's b. 3. Theoretically it could. MH
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