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Aids Defining Illness But No Antibodies On Test

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Seroconversion illness and antibodies/Seroconversion and HIV testing

Question 1:Firstly, thank you for your valuable advice. The work you do is abolutelyinvaluable! Could you tell me, assuming an individual suffers from aretroviral illness, how soon after this illness would you expect detectable antibodies (by ELISA)...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...severity of this syndrome can vary greatly fromperson to person.It can take up to 6 months for a person to test positive on the HIV antibodytests. A person may, or may not, show positive on the test during (orshortly after) the Acute Viral... Read more »

Does positive toxo test mean diagnosis of AIDS?

I know that toxoplasmosis is listed as one of the 'AIDS defining illnesses'. I am healthy and have... Read more »

Dr. Conway, I never had any chronic illness. So is my antibody test reliable? Thank You.

Dr. Conway, I have a question, I could not search any post on this.Aug 16, 2007 Dr. Conway, I have... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...can also avoid unnecessary worrying. What Tests Are Available? If you have been infected, your immune system will make antibodies against HIV. The most common HIV tests look for these antibodies. The HIV antibody test (called ELISA or EIA)... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Risk of Developing Specific AIDS-Defining Illnesses in Patients Co-Infected With HIV and Hepatitis C Virus With or Without Liver Cirrhosis

...cirrhosis were significantly higher than among patients infected with HIV only, and the risk was greater than that estimated for HCV antibody-positive patients without cirrhosis. "In conclusion, we found that HIV-HCV co-infected patients in our... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...testing tells you if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS. Most of these tests look for "antibodies" to HIV. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight a specific germ. Other types of... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...choices about appropriate treatment strategies. Most people concerned about their HIV status do not need viral load testing. The antibody test is the cheapest, easiest, and overall most reliable way for individuals to learn their HIV status.... Read more »
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HIV antibodies - always detectable?

Posted by xtreme, 1 Reply
...I've read that the window period for most people is 3 months after exposure and the rest of the people will show antibodies at 6 months - im confused over this cause ive read that a supressed immune system will mess up results but does it mean no... Read more »

antibodies after seroconversion illness

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...weeks after infection. Is it correct to assume that for the ones who experinece the illness after 2 weeks already, a negative antibody test will be sufficient already after two months (3 months minus 4 weeks.) Because the seroconverting process... Read more »


Posted by T_BOOGIE, 1 Reply
...that came back negative also. They were 2 different test. One from a clinic and one from a doctor.Even if I did not produce an Antibodies would there have been any change in my cd4 and cd8? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply