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Sep 7, 1998

Dr. Holodniy,

You had mentioned at one time that there are some people who "just can't produce antibodies to hiv". For those of us who have had a risk and feel like we are possibly infected, how can we come to believe or accept neg. results when the possibility exists that we could be one of those who don't produce antibodies.Reallistically, what can we do test wise to know our status, for our own good as well as our partners?

Thank You

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The number of HIV infected antibody negative cases is exceedingly small(< 15 or so reported). Thus with millions infected, the chance of this is almost zero. If one has been antibody tested and is negative after 6-12 months after exposure, infection is extremely unlikely. A viral load test or DNA PCR test from blood cells would be definitive in ruling out infection.


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