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why do some take longer to develop HIV antibodies?
Aug 31, 2001

I wonder if there is any information or if there are any studies which inicate why some people take longer to develop detecable levels of antibodies in thier blood than others. i know that the averageis 25 days, but I wonder if there is a reason why others can can take up to six months.

Response from Mr. Kull

The documented cases of late seroconversions (people who have taken longer than six months to test positive on antibody tests) are limited to healthcare workers who had occupational exposures. These types of exposures are different than exposures related to mucous membrane exposures in the genital tract. There is speculation that the location of the exposure has some relevance to the length of time it takes to seroconvert.

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