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No antibodies due to anorexia
Mar 29, 1999

Dear Dr. Holodniy!

My husband had anorexia for aprox. 2 years at the age of 15. He lost 18 kilos and was down to 47 kilos at the age of 16. He had no treatment for the anorexia - he managed to recover by himself. Have had no problems since (this was 17 years ago). However, he is worried about HIV-infection (absolutely without reason...he has neg. antibodies and neg. PRC RNA < 50 copies/ml.) and now he is thinking that this anorexia could cause that his imunesystem was damaged so that he does not produce antibodies. Is this possible? He is also a blood donor - has been for more than one year now. Maybe this question is way out of your field, but still hope you can help.

Thanks a lot!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Not sure what caused his symptoms 17 years ago, but it would be unlikely that he does not produce antibodies. He would have had a series of illnesses over the years because of the antibody deficiency.

MH



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