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Undetectable VL Before Antibodies

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Undetectable VL and HIV Antibody Test

Hi, Can I ask a very naiive question. If an HIV positive person has an undetectable viral load, does this necessarily mean that one would test HIV negative? Thanks.
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
...The HIV antibody test is different from the HIV viral load. A screening test called an Elisa is done first and then is confirmed by a type of Read more »

pos. person on meds testing neg. possible? (HIV ANTIBODY TEST VERSUS HIV VIRAL LOAD TEST)

Hi Dr. Bob. First thank you for all your generous answers. My question is:If someone is on meds for... Read more »


I just read "Viral load is o" and your answer was that he is not completely free of the hiv virus... Read more »
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Scientists Find Antibodies That Prevent Most HIV Strains From Infecting Human Cells

... Atomic structure of the antibody VRC01 (blue and green) binding to HIV (grey and red). The precise site of VRC01-HIV binding (red) is a subset of the area of Read more »
Duke Medicine

Duke Scientists Find Rare, Potent Antibody to HIV-1

... Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have for the first time isolated an important antibody in human serum that could potentially play a key role in the design of an AIDS vaccine. The research appears as a highlighted Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Antibody Discovery Could Lead to HIV Vaccine: Study

...Researchers said they have figured out how a rare antibody sees past the disguises of HIV -- a finding that may lead to a vaccine. The antibody, taken from an unusual patient whose body Read more »
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

New Findings Suggest Strategy to Help Generate HIV-Neutralizing Antibodies

...Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Scientists know that an HIV-neutralizing antibody called b12 binds to gp120, an HIV surface protein, at one of the few areas of the virus that does not mutate:... Read more »
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Can PCR Amplify Antibodies?

Posted by ethan_hines, 1 Reply
...HIV Antibodies. I ask this question because I know that during the "window" period (0~6months) a person tests negative for HIV antibodys since there may be antibodies but not in significant quantity to dectect.EH Read more »

when are antibodies created?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...hi, when antibodies are created, is it during time when symptoms or ars illness subside (antibody fight off illness) or when the illness is most strong (body reacting to virus and increase body heat like fever to kill the virus)? Read more »

Antibodies vs Antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies but since this is my life I need to know. If I had contracted Herpes and HIV at the same time and my body began making antibodies immediately, would it make sense that my body concentrated on herpes and made antibodies to it as it had... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I have a question maybe someone would know if a person has ARS would they have more or less HIV Antibodies during this window ? Read more »