Do People With Aids No Longer Produce Antibodies

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pos. person on meds testing neg. possible? (HIV ANTIBODY TEST VERSUS HIV VIRAL LOAD TEST)

Hi Dr. Bob. First thank you for all your generous answers. My question is:If someone is on meds for hiv(any, not specific)and their v.l. is undetectable, how possible is it they can go down to the local health department and test negative? Thanks...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...on antiretroviral medications that have driven his HIV plasma viral load to undetectable levels will test "HIV negative" (HIV-antibody negative) at his local health department? The answer is it is not possible! HIVers with undetectable viral... Read more »


I'm sorry doctor to bother you. I know you mention to search the archives but sometimes a question... Read more »

Antibody Production

Mr.Kull,What is the maximum time required for immune system to produce antibodies?It is understood... Read more »
The Body PRO

Negative HIV Antibody Test Results Among People Treated During Acute/Early Infection

...full-fledged antibody response. With the advent of plasma HIV-RNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, the ability to diagnose individuals during this window period became possible, often within days to weeks of HIV acquisition. This ability... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...acid tests are generally not used to see if someone has been infected with HIV because they are much more expensive than an antibody test. They also have a slightly higher error rate. In 2010 the FDA approved a new blood test that detects both... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing (252,000 to 312,000 persons) are unaware of their HIV status. Because they do not know they are infected, these individuals are unable to benefit from clinical care related to their HIV disease. In addition, some of these people may... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...infected, your immune system will make antibodies against HIV. The most common HIV tests look for these antibodies. The HIVantibody test (called ELISA or EIA) is one of the most reliable medical tests. It can be done on blood, mouth swab, or... Read more »
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Can PCR Amplify Antibodies?

Posted by ethan_hines, 1 Reply
...Can PCR be used to amplify HIVAntibodies. I ask this question because I know that during the "window" period (0~6months) a person tests negative for HIVantibodys since Read more »

How can people be so sure?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...I've been reading these boards for a while and I notice that most of you say that the window period for HIV is 3 months. Are there any reliable health sites or experts that you can recommend where I can verify this? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I have a question maybe someone would know if a person has ARS would they have more or less HIVAntibodies during this window ? Read more »

No antibodys

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I aws reading somewhere that in rare cases ,a person may not be able to make antibodys does anyone know the reason for this and would this be just hivantibodys or would that be antibodys to other diseases also Read more »
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