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How Long For Hiv Antibodies To Build Up

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Introduction A positive HIV-antibody test or an AIDS diagnosis changes many aspects of a person's life, including the kind of relationship they may choose to have with their doctor. Many people develop a more assertive attitude about their health and well-being when they find out they have HIV. Because HIV disease and treatment is complicated, making decisions about when, how and whether to start anti-HIV therapy isn't always easy. One great...
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Crhsitmas Donation has Left the Building -- with Elvis -- Please look at last question.

Dr. Bob, Ok ,, I admit it. I guess we all have our hang ups ,,, Im a nut job about this. At least I admit it. So here is the deal with all my issues. May - Took 10 min Test - Neg.September - Took DNA PCR - Neg That dental issue happened on 11-11Dec...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello again Winking Cynthia,Even though I don't recommend PCR testing for routine HIV screening, yes, I remain absolutely confident your test will again be "undetectable," because your HIV risk was nonexistent. I just can't say... 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 »

HIV antibody test after 9 years of exposure

Hi,i am from India, juts wanted to ask I had a a sexual encounter with a guy in my school hostel 9 years back but did not get tested back then.Recently this incident struck my mind and i did go for a CMIA antibody and ECLIA (HIV 1 and HIV 2...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HIMost definitely yes! The testing guidelines for HIV are to be initially tested at 3 weeks post exposure and then again at 90 days. As long as there are no other exposures happened during this time frame than the results are conclusive.Be well and... Read more »

No antibodies and no symptoms: For how long?

Hi. Is it possible for a person to continually test negative for HIVantibodies and yet remain healthy for extended periods? (say 5 yrs) If the body didn't know how to make HIVantibodies, wouldn't the HIV virus "take advantage"...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your post.If you have further questions, please e-mail me at "" or call me at 1-800-842-AIDS.... Read more »
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HIV Antibody

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Dear all, it may sound crazy but one question pop up about the antibody test. Will the antibody count go down as the time passed by? That mean you will have less antibody for the TEST AGENT to pick up if you take a test too long after exposure?? ... Read more »

HIV Antibody Testing

Posted by sunkyst, 3 Replies
Does anyone know why HIV antibody tests are done, rather than just directly checking for the HIV virus in the bloodstream? In HIV+ people, their blood can be checked for viral loads, why can't they do this when doing a HIV test, rather than test... Read more »

Could I have HIV Without Antibodies?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
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 infections,... Read more »

chart with approximate accuracy of HIV antibody ??

Posted by sinso, 2 Replies
I have reading and found this
A person who has contracted HIV may show up positive as early as two weeks after the time they were infected. According to page 11 of the Module 6 Training Manual from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,... Read more »