Can Hiv Take Longer Than 6 Months To Develop Antibodies

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...Damage Some people think that there's not much harm done in the early stages of HIV infection. They believe that any damage to their immune system will be cured by taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is not true! Up to 60% of infection-fighting "memory" CD4 cells (see Fact Sheet 124 ) are infected during acute infection, and after 14 days of infection, up to half of all memory CD4 cells can be killed. Also, HIV quickly reduces the...
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Antibody Production

Mr.Kull,What is the maximum time required for immune system to produce antibodies?It is understood from your postings that it can take upto 6 months for body to produce detectable antibodies.But does it mean that antibodies are produced only after...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...The majority of people who are infected with HIV will develop a detectable level of antibodies (as measured by current HIVantibody screening tests) within approximately one month of infection. Virtually all infected people will develop... Read more »

Is it true than antibodies are only produced after symptoms ?

If so,I read it sometimes takes months or years for symptoms to show up. Does that mean it takes that long for the antibodies to show up in a antibody test.Thanks.
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...when performed three or more months after exposure.Symptoms related to recent infection (acute HIV infection) generally occur 2-6 weeks following exposure. Antibody production will vary among individuals, so antibody tests could be negative... Read more »

Antibody tests 15 years

Hi Mark,Im from Sweden so my english is poor but I hopes that you will understand me anyway. I dont understand this window period for HIV, in sweden we have 3 month and in USA 6 month for a definite answer. so diffrent countries have diffrent...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
I cannot comment on why standards for testing are different. If and when standards change in the US, then I will communicate that here to the public. Read more »

Would I not be in the special cases of AIDS?

Dear doctor,I am in desperate because I heard the special cases of AIDS.I am just single normal Korean woman.A Korean doctor said he had seen the African AIDS positive case at 2 years in an AIDS magazine. So, he said the special cases of AIDS will...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
...take longer to develop detectable HIVantibody. However, these are rare cases. Most people test HIVantibody positive within 3-6 weeks after exposure even in Africa. BJ Read more »
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Pregnancy and HIV

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HIV Testing

...Sheet 125 ) or the strength of your immune system (a CD4 count, see Fact Sheet 124 ). How Do I Get Tested? In September 2006, the US Centers for Disease Control recommended routine HIV screening of people in healthcare settings. This should... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick,... Read more »
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Hepatitis C and HIV

...or 3. If someone meets the guidelines for HIV treatment their HIV should be treated first. Leaving HIV untreated for 6 to 12 months could have serious consequences. Sometimes hep C should be treated first. If HIV doesn't need to be... Read more »
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