Do Some People With Aids Have Undetectable 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 »


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HIV Antibodies

I am confused about HIV antibodies...why do they not offer protection in the individual who has the... 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 »
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Scientists Find Antibodies That Prevent Most HIV Strains From Infecting Human Cells

... Atomic structure of the antibody VRC01 (blue and green) binding to HIV (grey and red). The precise site of VRC01-HIV binding (red) is a subset of the area of Read more »
Duke Medicine

Duke Scientists Find Rare, Potent Antibody to HIV-1

...Tomaras says they might be able to find ways to duplicate or enhance it, thereby boosting the body's defense system. 2F5-like antibodies belong to a class of immune cells called broadly neutralizing antibodies, one of the body's most powerful... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

AIDS Vaccines

...diseases. How Does a Vaccine Work? A healthy immune system fights anything it thinks is foreign. It produces proteins called antibodies. These proteins lock onto the invading germs and prevent them from infecting cells. These antibodies... 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 »

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 »


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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