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How Long Can Hiv Hide In Your System Before Being Detected

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PCR/ELISA & "Hiding HIV"

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I tested negative on a standard ELISA test AND a DNA PCR test at almost 5 months post-exposure. The results were negative. Nevertheless, joint and node pain continues. I can't stop thinking that HIV is somehow hiding in my nodes and thus escaping... Read more »

Hiding behind HIV

Posted by Magnet, 4 Replies
I write this question in the hope of gaining insight from both HIV positive gay men as well negative men in "magnetic partnerships".

I only now discovered this term "magnetic", as it relates to my life! It can no longer be a twist of fate that my... Read more »

DUDE - the "hiding" issue?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
DUDE and others -
Someone raised the question of HIV's ability to "hide" in lymph nodes. I've seen other questions on some of the boards about this issue. What is the bottom line here? Can HIV hide. If yes, what are the implications for... Read more »

Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system.

Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection.

Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system.

Do such person with... Read more »

Hiding from HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been hiding, refusing, putting off taking an HIV test for 7 years and I have been lurking around here and posting anonymously for almost 2 years. I have no idea how to get myself to get tested...and yes I have numero uno risk factor so I am... Read more »
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HIV playing Hide n seek

Hi! DoctorYou are the best ! Indeed the best.1) In one of your posts i read that the Virus can hide in the lymph nodes--now what the hell is this ?How antibody/rapid test will behave if the virus is hiding-will it always be negative in hidden virus...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,It is true some virus can "hide" in various sites within the body, but that would not affect HIV-antibody tests. Anti-HIV antibodies are proteins made by the body's immune system in an attempt to fight off the infection. These... Read more »

VL not-detectable w/ meds but for how long?

I aquired HIV in 1990 and started meds when this was necessary in 1998. The 1st test after meds dropped VL to <50 and CD4 rose more slowly but immediately above 200. I have not seen the VL since + my CD4 remained well above 450. When taking the...
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
You could very well get 8 years out of these meds. Alot depends on good adherence, no toxicities, and a relatively good immune system.... Read more »

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 »


hi Dr.Sherer, how long does the average person live who is living with HIV if he /she was diagnosed early enough , take meds as prescribed, exercises, and easts health in these days of the disease? I am 22 and was diagnosed a few month , it is...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
In the current era of HIV treatment, 80-85% of people have a response to ART like yours, with full viral suppression and rising CD4 cells. The estimates for long term survival are highest for someone who 'gets it right' with the very... Read more »
<i>The Journal of Infectious Diseases</i>

Resistant HIV Quickly Hides in Infants' Cells

New evidence shows that drug-resistant virus passed from mother-to-child can quickly establish itself in infants' CD4+ T cells where it can hide for years, likely limiting their options for future treatment. The study is published in the May 15... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CDC Announces New National HIV Monitoring System to Detect New Infections, Focus Resources in High-Risk Groups

CDC officials yesterday at the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta outlined a new HIV monitoring system, part of a nationwide effort to track new HIV cases, the Miami Herald reports (Prater, Miami Herald , 7/27). The new system... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

In Hiding -- an Ecuadorian Woman

Almost two years passed before I managed to save the money and return to Ecuador last September. I was trying to follow-up on Doña Carmen, an Ecuadorian woman who had been HIV-positive for 10 years with no symptoms. Her five-year-old daughter had... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Study Finds HIV "Hides From Drugs for Years"

A study of 40 patients on long-term standard HIV therapy found low levels of dormant virus, confirming that patients must take HIV drugs indefinitely and suggesting that any breaks run the risk of reviving the infection. Dr. Sarah Palmer of the US... Read more »