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Not testing positive for hiv in 20 years....

Sep 16, 2002

hi, I was woundering about what this guy said to me, he said he was exposed to hiv in 82' and he got tested, for hiv 6 months,12months,then18 months after exposure. Then in yr 2000 he got aids. is it possible that his hiv wasn't detectable for years by blood tests?

Response from Mr. Kull

Sounds sort of confusing and unlikley. HIV antibody testing was not approved for public use until 1985, so I'm not sure where he got testing for his 1982 exposure.

It is extremely rare that a person would take 6 or more months to develop a detectable level of antibodies. The CDC has documented two cases that took more than 6 months to develop detectable antibodies (as long as 11). Again, those cases are unique, and as far as the CDC is concerned, rare.


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