can HIV hide in your body for 10years
Aug 3, 2012
hi dr i was expose to hiv by my partner who never told me his status,i find out accidentally through his nurse.for the pass 12 month my hiv test has been negative. but i keep reading about story of the virus been hidden in your body for 10years. please can you comfirm this story so i can put my mind to rest.thank you for your time
Response from Dr. Wohl
The virus can 'hide' in cells in the body and that is what makes HIV hard to cure. BUT, the antibodies the body makes once HIV infection occurs does not hide and most who are HIV+ also have virus circulating in the blood.
So, do not confuse the ability of the virus to hide with all the virus and evidence of the virus being hidden. If you were infected by your partner, you HIV tests would be positive.
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