Jul 22, 2003
Mr.Kull, What is the maximum time required for immune system to produce antibodies? It is understood from your postings that it can take upto 6 months for body to produce detectable antibodies.But does it mean that antibodies are produced only after four-five months? Is it possible that one will not/very low level of antibodies and will easily feel symptomatic. Actually what is happening if one person progress to AIDS more rapidly?
Response from Mr. Kull
The majority of people who are infected with HIV will develop a detectable level of antibodies (as measured by current HIV antibody screening tests) within approximately one month of infection. Virtually all infected people will develop detectable antibodies within three months, which is why the CDC recommends testing at or after three months. It is extremely rare that a person would take six months or longer.
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