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How Does The HIV Antibody Test Work?

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Dr. Bob, sorry i missed a point, i mean to say that i got my HIV antibody test results yesterday after 7 months after exposure. Hope i did not confuse you.

Dr. Bob, I am so fond of your work, after reading your archives. I had an exposure 7 months back, for which i got HIV1/2 antibody tested and the results came back negative. Can i woo hoo now?The reason i am asking is that1) I have been drinking...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1. Elevated liver function tests (enzymes) and having a fatty liver (or even a chubby gallbladder) will not affect HIV-antibody test results or delay HIV seroconversion.2. Probably not. Occasionally flu vaccines can cause false-positive... Read more »

HIV-1, HIV-2, Antibody and Other Tests?

I hope you will answer my question since I do not know where else to get the answer to my situation:9 weeks ago, I had a low risk exposure (mutual masturbation that did involve some of his preseminal fluid coming into contact with my penis, no open...
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
#1. Not commercially.#2. Yes, screening ELISA and western blot.#3. The same.... Read more »

Dou Hiv antibody/p24 antigen test

Dear Dr Bob,thank you for your selfless work.I had an unprotected sexual encounter with someone of unknown status 7 weeks ago.I am desperate for some peace of mind.I want to take the HIV antibody/p24 antigen Duo Test,next week and would desperately...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Tony,HIV-antibody tests taken prior to the three-month mark are not considered to be definitive or conclusive. You'll have to hold tight until then for a conclusive test result. I'll send my good-luck karma that your definitive... Read more »

MASS-HIV antibody testing...

Again, thanks so much for you tireless work here. I wish I could adequately convey just how much these forums have helped me deal with my illness.I've been hearing a lot lately about various agencies "strongly recommending" that more...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I feel the best way to reduce the stigma you describe is for HIV testing to come out of the closet. We should all be tested and many of us regularly. As many as 28% of those with HIV infection in the US do not know they are infected and about... Read more »
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Can Sulpiride affect the result of HIV antibody test?

Posted by character28, 2 Replies
Hi guys, do you have any information about this? Can it be possible that this antipsychotic alters the result of an HIV test? Is there actually any medicine that alters the result of an HIV test? I've asked this questions to the experts at TheBody... Read more »

validity of a 12 week antibody test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Can knowledgable people of the forum let me know if a 12 week antibody test can be considered conclusive after 1 time high risk situation even though major symptoms persist. How much faith can be really put in a 12 week antibody test. I am aware... Read more »

Antibody testing for those still confused...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Latest info from TheBody regarding testing!! ----
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Dear Dr: I forgot to put the title yesterday, so now I ask the same question again. I had some risk one and half years ago. I did elisa1&2(twice) and resistance test at 15th month. Elisa... Read more »

WHAT GOOD ARE HIV TEST IF THEY DON'T WORK!!

Posted by help290, 1 Reply
I have been dealing with this for over three years 7 doctors 8 negative antibody test 1 negative pcr and lately 1 indeterminate western blot
1 band not sure which one and now the ID doctor wants me to wait a month for another western blot. I have... Read more »