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Undetectable Without Antibodies 6 Months

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Why antibodies must be produced in 6 months

Sir, I've noticed that there seems to be a lot of "worried-well" postingsregarding anitbody detection after 6 months. Maybe I'm wrong but, "If noantibodies are produced by the body in a reasonable amount of time, (6 months or less after possible...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...is always important to remember that in medicine, nothing is ever absoluteor 100%. As for the 6 month period of time to show antibodies, although morethan 99% of infected persons will show positive by this time, a small numberof people may take... Read more »

Is 3 and 6 Month (Elisa ) Antibody Testing All I Can Do?

I gave unprotected oral sex involving ejaculation to a man with unknown risk factors. It happened 2... Read more »

Time And Antibody Testing!

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HIV Testing

...testing tells you if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS. Most of these tests look for "antibodies" to HIV. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight a specific germ. Other types of... Read more »
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Viral Load Tests

...used for diagnosis , because it can detect a viral load a few days after HIV infection. This is better than the standard HIV (antibody) test, which can be "negative" for 2 to 6 months after HIV infection. (See Fact Sheet 102 for more... Read more »
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Acute HIV Infection

...HIV Infection The normal HIV blood test will come back negative for someone who was infected very recently. The test looks for antibodies produced by the immune system to fight HIV. It can take two months or more for these antibodies to be... Read more »
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Pregnancy and HIV

...be avoided. How Do We Know if a Newborn Is Infected? All babies born to infected mothers test positive for HIV. They have antibodies to HIV even if they are not infected because the mother's antibodies are passed to the baby. This does not... Read more »
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Can PCR Amplify Antibodies?

Posted by ethan_hines, 1 Reply
...Can PCR be used to amplify HIV Antibodies. I ask this question because I know that during the "window" period (0~6months) a person tests negative for HIV antibodys since Read more »

HIV antibodies - always detectable?

Posted by xtreme, 1 Reply
...I've read that the window period for most people is 3 months after exposure and the rest of the people will show antibodies at 6 months - im confused over this cause ive read that a supressed immune system will mess up results but does it mean no Read more »

HIV ANTIBODIES

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...ARE HIV ANTIBODIES MORE DIFFICULT TO PRODUCE THAN OTHER VIRAL INFECTION ANTIBODIES? WHY DOES IT NOT TAKE 6MONTHS/3MONTHS TO PRODUCE ANTIBODIES Read more »

antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...people always ask should I test at 3 or 6 months the answer is 3 because it dosent take 6 months to make antibodies it takes a few days after infection to make antibodies and a few weeks for the antibodies to become detectable with the new Read more »