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Longer Than 6 Months For Antibodies To Show Up

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why do some take longer to develop HIV antibodies?

I wonder if there is any information or if there are any studies which inicate why some people take longer to develop detecable levels of antibodies in thier blood than others. i know that the averageis 25 days, but I wonder if there is a reason...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
The documented cases of late seroconversions (people who have taken longer than six months to test positive on antibody tests) are limited to healthcare workers who had occupational exposures. These types of exposures are different than exposures... Read more »

Who takes longer than 3 months??

Hello,I have read post after post on this site and others and am still very confused and anxious... Read more »

Wait longer than six months before positive results?

About two years ago, I donated blood to the American Red Cross. A few weeks later I received a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Women With HIV Who Breastfeed Exclusively Longer Than Four Months Have Lower Risk of Transmitting Virus to Infants, Study Shows

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Louisiana: ADAP Waiting List, Wait Longer

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Window longer than 3 month

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
A antibody test is 99.9% at 3 month, but some person that are extremly rare and I mean extremly Rare does not develop antibodys at all and most of them doesnt produce antibodys at all, and the scientist speculate that this is because of diffrence... Read more »

Longer then a year

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Does anyone have any articles to post about the cases where people didnt produce any antibodies to detect and has it happened recentely or is it just in the 80's these cases occured ? Read more »

Is it possible to take longer than 6 months?

Posted by value24, 1 Reply
I had a condom protected one night stand with a woman of unkown status, paid for, and was tested by ELISA 1/2 at 5 months and 6 months post exposure. Can it ever take longer? is 6 months absolutely conclusive no matter what? Regardless of what... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Okay you said you only came across one person in 8 years that took longer then 6 months to seroconvert.If this patient waited till he had full blown aids to come to you and tested neg,how do you know he took longer then 6 months to seroconvert,he... Read more »