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Full blown AIDS would test negative? True or False?

May 4, 2005

Dr Bob, Is it true from what I read that persons with full-blown AIDS would test negative on an antibody test (EIA) because their immune system is severely damaged that they could no longer produce antibodies to fight HIV virus? Thanks for being a great help to all of us worried afficionados. Take Care.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Worried Aficionado,

No, the vast majority of patients with full-blown AIDS would test antibody positive. Very rarely, AIDS patients may "serorevert" (go from being HIV antibody positive to HIV antibody negative) in late-stage disease. However, these folks are gravely ill and there is absolutely no doubt they have very-late-stage AIDS with profound immunodeficiency.

Now stop worrying, Mr. Aficionado!

Dr. Bob

Had a dream I met you:)
You always say its not a symptom of HIV

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