|Dr. Brian, I have a concern.
Aug 9, 2007
My first exposure was in 1997 and my last expsoure was in 2001. I was using immunosuppresants from 2000. Like if I got HIV infected from the first exposure in 1997, the antibodies might have already formed right? In 2000 it was just a kissing episode. In 1997 it was a high risk expsoure. I got first tested for HIV antibodies in 2001.
If i got infected from the 1997 exposure, would do you think that an HIV antibody test would have shown the antibodies?
I am getting this doubt because, if the antibodies were already formed prior to taking the immunosuppressants and the test was taken 5 months after taking the immunosuppressant medication. Can the immunosuppresant even suppress the antibodies which were already there in my system.
My antibody tests are negative even until two years back.
Response from Dr. Conway
Your question is very theoretical and difficult to answer specifically. If you are now concerned that you are infected with HIV and you are one of these rare people who cannot make adequate amounts of antibodies, you should get an antigen test and/or an HIV PCR test to clear up the situation. These are not affected by immunosuppressants. If they are negative, you can conclude with some certainty that you are not infected with HIV.
How to lose the fat belly
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.