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

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Acute HIV Infection

What Is Acute HIV Infection? Testing for Acute HIV Infection Risk of Immune Damage Risk of Infecting Others Treating Acute HIV Infection Pros and Cons of Treating Acute HIV Infection The Bottom Line What Is Acute HIV Infection? The amount of HIV in the blood gets very high within a few days or weeks after HIV infection. Some people get a flu-like illness. This first stage of HIV disease is called "acute HIV infection" or "primary HIV...
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Seroconversion illness AFTER positive antibody test?

Hello,I tested positive in January 2007, but I am working overseas, and it has been difficult getting information to help me make sense of my labs and make a plan for what to do next.I went for my test in early January, but there was a three-week...
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
1. You can have symptoms after developing antibodies.2. Possible, not well described.3. Yes.4. Possible, but most viral loads are set by around 6 months after infection.5. Your CD4 counts are in the normal range but your CD4% is already low. This... Read more »

Infected after 'protected' hand-job & boob-job. I challenge you dr.bob, testing after window period will prove you are wrong!(YET ANOTHER IM POSITIVE IM POSITIVE WHO HASNT TESTED POSITIVE, 2010)

Hi Dr.Bob;Hope you are well. Thank you for your contiued help and support and thank you for your kindness and immense patience! I can only imagine what it must be like dealing with all sorts of HIV realated fears and issues given your own...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello again K,No matter how many times you write in, my assessment and advice will not change. So for now we'll have to agree to disagree. You're positive you're positive. I'm positive you're not. So we'll just have to... Read more »

Newly infected, already on Atripla. Concerned about antibody tests

Dear Dr. Young/McGowan:I was recently infected in Oct 08. 10-31-08: (VL/CD4) 265K, 921. 11-15-08: 77K, 821. My doc put me on Atripla right away since he adviced that I still had sth to lose & should try to protect the immune system. I was back...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
I am glad you have done so well. Let's look at your non-idiotic questions:1) Life expectancy has been increasing every year due to the availability of new drugs to treat HIV. A 20 year old entering care can expect to live close to another 50... Read more »

People who have positive HCV antibody tests and negative viral loads

If somebody hasnt had any treatment, and his viral loads are negative that means he was exposed to the virus but now he is clean, what does it mean?The virus could shows again? Does he have to folow any special cares?Thank You for your answer...
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
In general a positive HCV antibody test and negative viral load indicates exposure and clearing of the infection. This has been reported to happen in about 20% of people exposed. It is unclear as to the probability of reemergence of active, chronic... Read more »
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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 »

How long after "symptoms" would you test positive?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If you actually DO have ARS symptoms, how long after those symptoms would one test positive on an antibody test?

And before any of the regulars jump in with the "you cannot judge by symptoms, if you feel you are at risk, get tested"........I think... Read more »

Testing positive with no antibodies producing?

Posted by Anonymous
Hi, I pray all are well. Does anyone have data on if people who take hiv antibody test after 6 months with no further exposures with negative results take possibly hiv rna or dna test and come back positive for hiv? Thank you happy holidays and... Read more »

HIV infected negative test

Posted by ruans, 7 Replies
I've only seen 2 cases here worthy of worry; red32 (had relation with HIV+ person, developed, candida, 15 days fever, etc...to this day has neuropathy same as his wife; and myself with a very similar simptomatology and serology (cd4/cd8).

I am... Read more »