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Can HIV be missed?
Jan 4, 2012

I have tested out to over two years from last exposure. I have had RNA, DNA, antibody tests at two years. I still have bad symptoms which bother me including whitish tongue and sore throat for two years. My exposure was with Asian women. Can the testing I have had miss HIV of certain types? The antibody tests were done by quest, labcorp, oraquick, clearview, home access. All of these have been after two years. Could I be FURTHER along and have more advanced disease but not producing antibodies or RNA/DNA?

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

Thanks for writing in. Once a person is infected with HIV, their body will begin to produce antibodies within three months time. Once someone is HIV positive, their body will always produce antibodies that can be picked up by an antibody test.

You are negative from this encounter and can trust the results of the test. If your symptoms persist, I would recommend that you see a doctor who can help rule out other possible causes.

In health,

Richard



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