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Is it true than antibodies are only produced after symptoms ?

Feb 26, 2003

If so,I read it sometimes takes months or years for symptoms to show up. Does that mean it takes that long for the antibodies to show up in a antibody test. Thanks.

Response from Mr. Kull

A person generally develops a detectable level of antibodies within one month of infection; it is possible that a person could take as long as three months, and rare for a person to take six months or longer. For this reason, an antibody test is consider accurate when performed three or more months after exposure.

Symptoms related to recent infection (acute HIV infection) generally occur 2-6 weeks following exposure. Antibody production will vary among individuals, so antibody tests could be negative during this period. Testing for viral RNA is recommended during this period.


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