Jul 1, 2006
Hello Dr Bob, just a short question:
Can a positive anti phospholipid antibody test be indicative of HIV infection? If not, do you know what other viruses can cause it?
Response from Dr. Frascino
No, only a positive anti-HIV antibody test is indicative of HIV infection.
Phospholipids are fatty molecules on cell membranes that help maintain the proper balance between bleeding and clotting. All normal healthy people continually make blood clots and then break them down. Anti-phospholipids are proteins made by the immune system directed against phospholipids. This is not due to a virus, but rather an altered immune response. Many women with antiphospholipid antibodies are completely asymptomatic and healthy. Others may have problems with recurrent pregnancy loss. The bottom line is that HIV is not associated with antiphospholipids. You can discuss other aspects of antiphospholipids with your general medical doctor, as that discussion is beyond the scope of this forum, OK?
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