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Can Hiv Take Longer Than 6 Months To Develop Antibodies

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why do some take longer to develop HIV antibodies?

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...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
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... Read more »

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Window longer than 3 month

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
A antibody test is 99.9% at 3 month, but some person that are extremly rare and I mean extremly Rare does not develop antibodys at all and most of them doesnt produce antibodys at all, and the scientist speculate that this is because of diffrence... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Good Day,
Here's what the nation's leading authority on HIV testing has to say about the HIV anti-body test and the time it takes to detect infection.
Oh, and let us not bastardize this information to sooth our worries.
The CDC (Center for Disease... Read more »

3 years single, 2 years positive and in 18 months developed AIDS

Posted by Trav, 2 Replies
I'm back on here after being gone for about year. I was single when I tested positive and haven't dated since. One of things I have believed in before even being positive is we have to learn how to be by ourselves before being in a relationship. I... Read more »

Is it possible to take longer than 6 months?

Posted by value24, 1 Reply
I had a condom protected one night stand with a woman of unkown status, paid for, and was tested by ELISA 1/2 at 5 months and 6 months post exposure. Can it ever take longer? is 6 months absolutely conclusive no matter what? Regardless of what... Read more »