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how long can hiv be dormant
Jan 11, 2009

give me a range of about how many years hiv can stay dormant in the body before it is detected

Response from Dr. Horwath

HIV can be "dormant" in the body for many years if by "dormant" you mean that it is not producing any clinical signs or symptoms of illness. However, even if it is clinically "dormant" it is not dormant in terms of activity. Even without symptoms, HIV can be reproducing itself by millions of new copies every day.

Also, the virus can be clinically silent, but it is still detectable by the HIV antibody test.



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