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May 18, 1999

Dear Doctor H, Do vaccinations slow antibody production? My doctor had me get immunized against Hep A and B last summer. During this time I had a potential low-risk exposure. I was just tested for HIV this month (10 months later) by Elisa and p24 antigen. Is it safe to assume that I am negative? I only ask because of a couple of perplexing symptoms. I appreciate your response.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I would say you are negative. We don't have any good data about your specific question. However, in people with intact immune systems, we routinely vaccinate people for different things at the same time, and they develop antibodies to all of them(eg. measles, mumps and rubella, pneumococcus vaccine and flu vaccine). MH

3 negative ELISAs over 12 years; now AIDS
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