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Oct 15, 1998

It's been said that stress and anxiety can adversely affect the immune. Would it be possible for someone to be so stress out that immunity could be affected to the extent that antibody production is suppressed?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Highly unlikely. Psychosocial stressors, real or perceived, are difficult to quantitate and effect individuals differently. Thus an objective study would be difficult to design to ever answer this question. Anecdotally, other types of infections (colds and flus) appear easier to get during times of stress. Even if antibodies were not detectable we could always detect the presence of the virus using viral load, PCR, or culture techniques. MH

viral load way down
what is the cutoff?

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