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How Long Is It Before Most Infected People Test Positive Through An Hiv Antibody Test?

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AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...load test (see Fact Sheet 125 ) measures the virus itself. Before the immune system produces 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 months. If both tests are positive, then HIV infection probably occurred a few months or longer before the...
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HIV prevention testing product 'AWARE ORAL'

Hi Doctor,I am from Hong Kong and I made I think 2 donations previously to your foundation. Now I have a question. There is an advertisement in some peroidicals there is such a product called 'AWARE ORAL'. It claims that it can be used for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...inSITE)ELISAGenerally referred to as ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) or, alternatively, EIA (enzyme immunoassay), these tests detect HIV antibodies, which the body starts producing between 2 and 12 weeks after becoming infected with... Read more »

Doubtful ?

Doctor, Are antibody tests really reliable enough to detect infectionthemselves? I've tested neg. 2 years from a known exposure, but because of ongoing symptoms since the contact I feel sure that I'm infected. Is it possible to go that long without...
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
...HIV antibody tests are positive in > 99% of people within 6 months of HIV infection. There are a few people that take longer to "seroconvert", Read more »

Maximum time of the HIV antibody production?

Hi doctor, I m medical student. My medical Prof. said to us in my infection lesson about HIV antibody production 2 weeks to 2 years. Is it true? Is there any report about antibody after 6 months?I think 2 years very long time and
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...I agree with you-- two years is too long. Seroconversion usually occurs within 6 months, and that's an outer limit; most people seroconvert within 3 months. Although the antibodies do not appear to be very protective against HIV, infected... Read more »

Can antibody and protein neutralize each other?

Sir, First of all, let me say thank you for all the wonderful insights you'veprovided us. I'm sure it'll go a long way towards educating people about thedisease. As an AIDS counselor myself, I often get several interesting questions. Here's one I...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...producesantibodies, the test should be able to detect the infection.However, there was one case in the United States where an individual NEVERproduced antibodies against HIV. He appeared to have AIDS but never testedpositive on an antibody test.... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...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,... 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 »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...HIV "viral load" (amount of virus in the body). However, people with acute HIV infection usually will not test positive for HIV antibodies, since it takes the body approximately one to three months to produce antibodies against HIV. Some... Read more »
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: HIV Counseling and Testing

...medical care may delay the onset of AIDS and prevent some life-threatening conditions. A Negative Result This means that no HIV antibodies were found in your blood. However, there is still a possibility of being infected, since it can take up... Read more »
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chart with approximate accuracy of HIV antibody ??

Posted by sinso, 2 Replies
...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 »

Reliable source!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...Listen People!!! People should be tested after 3 years of exposure.... Read more »

RNA testing,

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...testing requires a blood sample. Finger stick or rapid versions are not yet available. Can you get an RNA test along with a rapid HIV antibody test? Yes. After the rapid test, you will have to give a blood sample for RNA testing. If actual HIV... Read more »