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How Long Before Antibodies Are Detected

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How long can antibodies be detected?

Dear Dr. McGowan,Would a person's HIV antibody level still be high enough to detect on a standard screening ELISA if the infection started 10-12 years ago? My exposures were high risk, unprotected, with someone who I just recently found out was...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Dear wondering:Antibodies to HIV can and usually will persist for life after infection. The immune system maintains antibody levels to protect itself after exposure to an infection. Chronic infections such as HIV are most likely to maintain... Read more »

Latency period for the detection of HBV and HCV antibodies

Dear Dr. Dietrich,in the case of HIV it is proposed to check for HIV antibodies 6 months after a... Read more »

Detect antibodies after 22 months?

Hi Dr. Frascino, My question is just a matter of reassurance. I waited almost two years (22 months... Read more »
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Approves First Rapid Diagnostic Test to Detect Both HIV-1 Antigen and HIV-1/2 Antibodies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first rapid Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test for the simultaneous detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen as well as antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human serum, plasma, and venous or... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Approves OraQuick for Use in Detecting HIV-2 Antibodies in Oral Fluid

FDA has approved Bethlehem, Pa.-based OraSure Technologies ' OraQuick Rapid HIV-1/2 Test for use in detecting HIV-2 antibodies in oral samples, the company announced on Wednesday, Reuters reports (Reuters, 6/23). Although FDA already has approved... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maryland: City Offers New HIV Testing; Procedure Detects Virus Earlier, Could Identify "Hot Spots" Where It Is Spread

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Blood Test to Detect HIV in 20 Minutes Nears Approval

Federal regulators are expected to give approval soon to an easy-to-use finger-prick blood test that can diagnose HIV infection in 20 minutes. The action will come more than four years after public health officials declared the urgent need for such... Read more »
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How soon would antibodies be detectable after ARS?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I believe I went through ARS in December, my test in March was negetive. Would antibodies start immediately after ARS?
I have heard that HIV does not wait to infect so why does the window period last so long? My test was exactly 96 days after... Read more »

Anitbiotics and Detectable Antibodies

Posted by une_fille, 3 Replies
Would taking an anitbiotic delay the production of detectable HIV antibodies? I took an antibiotic (metranidozole) for three days during Week 2 to clear up bacterial vaginosis.

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Antibody detection?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Is there any way you can test negative after 6 month period and have hiv or aids in your body? Could a person just start to show OI'S and not produce antibodies to hiv virus? Thanks for your answers. GOD Bless all.

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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 »