How Long Does It Take The Body To Create Hiv Antibodies

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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...stay that way. You can also avoid unnecessary worrying. What Tests Are Available? If you have been infected, your immune system will make antibodies against HIV. The most common HIV tests look for these antibodies. The HIV antibody test (called ELISA or EIA) is one of the most reliable medical tests. It can be done on blood, mouth swab, or urine. Before a positive antibody test result is reported, it is confirmed by another test...
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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 HIV+...
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 »

Dr. Conway, I never had any chronic illness. So is my antibody test reliable? Thank You.

Dr. Conway, I have a question, I could not search any post on this.Aug 16, 2007 Dr. Conway, I have HPA suppression due to the medications which I used for a long time, and which I was not supposed to use for a long time. I am not on any kind of...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...The HIV antibody tests that are currently available are extremely reliable. In almost all circumstances other than a disease that clearly impairs Read more »

Babies born to hiv infected mothers

How long will it take before a babies is free of her mother's antibodies and be tested negative?
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...which is why babies born very prematurely have very low levels of mothers antibodies. All HIV infected women will transfer their HIV antibodies to their babies but only 1 out of 4 babies will also be infected with the virus at the time of birth[... Read more »

HCV followed by HIV

If a person is already Hepatitis C positive for a long period of time (15+ years), and is exposed to the HIV virus, does his HCV status have any effect on how long his body will produce antibodies for HIV, or is this irrelevant and it will be the...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
...The presence of hepatitis C would not, I believe, have any effect on the detection of HIV antibodies either in the timing or the amount. DTD Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...antibodies to fight it, HIV multiplies rapidly. Therefore, this test will show a high viral load during acute infection. A negative HIV antibody test and a very high viral load indicate recent HIV infection, most likely within the past two... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...pregnancy, but usually happens just before or during delivery. The baby is more likely to be infected if the delivery takes a long time. During delivery, the newborn is exposed to the mother's blood. An HIV-infected father can transmit HIV to his... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...York and California, and retrospective examination of frozen blood samples from a U.S. cohort of gay men showed the presence of HIV antibodies as early as 1978, but not before then. Subsequently, in every region, country and city where AIDS has... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

Black America and HIV Testing

...screens for "antibodies" for the virus. The ELISA test (short for "enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay"), is used to screen for HIV antibodies in the blood or other body fluids. A positive result on an ELISA screening test is subsequently confirmed... Read more »
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chart with approximate accuracy of HIV antibody ??

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...test to cover everyone. Testing beyond three months is completely unnecessary. Here is a chart with approximate accuracy of HIV antibody testing: Time Accuracy 2 weeks50% 3 weeks75% 4 weeks95% 6 weeks99% 3... Read more »

4th Generation HIV Test

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...occurred. For the diagnosis to be correct, however, detection depends on the use of tests that are effective in identifying HIV antibodies, and not antibodies directed to other infectious agents that may be antigenically similar. Antigens used in... Read more »

Could I have HIV Without Antibodies?

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...About three weeks after a couple incident of unprotected oral sex with high risk women I got a 4 month long sore throat, sever fatigue, and lymph node swelling. This was followed by a continuation of and frequent sore throats and sinus Read more »
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