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Does Everyone Infected With Hiv Produce Antibodies

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Possible Hiv infected but no antibodies produced?

Posted by chris8178, 2 Replies
Could you tell me is it possilble to have hiv with out having antibodies produced post 6 months?

I had unprotected anal sex about 7 months ago and been having some major health (oral) issues.

I have seen a lot of doctors; 3 ents; 2 general docs; 1... Read more »

Weak immune system vs time to produce antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello everyone
I believe I have been infected with Hiv. I havnt been tested yet but I have many of the symptoms associated with ARS
The source of my possible infection had a confirmed std but tested negative for Hiv at 3-4 months. Is it possible that... Read more »

How fast are antibodies produced?

Posted by veryscared1, 2 Replies
I have had unprotected sex with someone who is now experiencing early HIV symptoms (vomitting, numbness/tingling, thrush, herpes outbreaks). He was tested at the 3-week mark and 6-week mark after our sexual encounter, and results were negative both... Read more »

Testing positive with no antibodies producing?

Posted by Anonymous
Hi, I pray all are well. Does anyone have data on if people who take hiv antibody test after 6 months with no further exposures with negative results take possibly hiv rna or dna test and come back positive for hiv? Thank you happy holidays and... Read more »


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HIV /Hep - B antibodies produced are same?

Madam , I had protected Sex , unfortunately my condom broked , taking PEP( Antivirus - Lopinavir /Retronovir )with 72 hrs as per doctors advice ,due to on /off fever, at 18 th day i took Hep B test , result is negative and it says my body is...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello thereThe antibodies your body produces against Hepatitis B are completely different from those produced against HIV and would not cross react on standard laboratory testing. Sounds like you are currently immune to hepatitis B, but would have... Read more »

ability to produce antibodies to hiv?

Hello Dr.Bob,I have a question about producing antibodies for the hiv test.If you have a normal whiteblood count and normal lymphocyte count can you feel assured that you are able to produce antibodies to hiv after the window period? My white blood...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your exposure was over 10 years ago. You've had 3 negative antibody tests (EIA's) and 1 negative DNA-PCR (this test does not involve antibody production). You just can't get anymore negative than that. Regarding your specific... Read more »

HIV /Hep - B antibodies produced are same?

Hi , Iam under PEP taken within 72 hrs( condom broked ), on /off 18 th day i took test for Hep B , result was negative but says my body is producing ABTIBODIES and level is 54mul/l.My question,Is the antibodies produced against virus in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello,Antibodies the body makes are very specific- so antibodies against HIV are different than those that react towards HBV. If your HBV test was negative, then your body didn't make antibodies. The numerical value represents an amount of... Read more »

higher viral loads if someone does not produce antibodies?

In the rare cases where people do not produce antibodies to HIV infection, do they always (or almost always)have high viral loads (before treatment with HAART)?Thanks....
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
In an HIV infected person absence of HIV antibody almost always indicates the person is in the window period before seroconversion when viral loads are typically in the millions of copies per ml. In end stage cases of AIDS the level of antibody... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Examines Interaction Between HIV, Antibody That Helps Fight Infections

HIV gradually depletes the number of functioning B cells, an antibody that fights infections, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine that reveals another method used by HIV to affect the immune system, IANS/... Read more »
National Cancer Institute

Researchers Identify Novel Type of Antibody That Potently Inhibits HIV Infection

A small antibody fragment that is highly effective in neutralizing the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by preventing the virus from entering cells has been identified by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National... 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 viral attachment to the primary immune cells HIV infects. Credit: NIAID VRC. Scientists... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Eliminating Cells That Produce a Distress Signal When Infected With HIV Could Lead to Strategy for New Vaccine Candidate, Researchers Say

The strategy of eliminating cells that display a "distress signal" when they are infected with HIV might lead to the development of a new HIV vaccine candidate, according to a study published Thursday in the journal PLoS Pathogens , the San... Read more »