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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

Usually, if you test positive for antibodies that means that your immune system has effectively fought off a pathogen and you now have immunity. But with the HIV test, the logic is reversed. Instead of meaning... Read more »

Can HIV antibodies cross react in a herpes test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi folks,
I am wondering if HIV antibodies can be mistakenly be picked up by HSV-2 IgG ELISA. This may cause false positive for HSV-2. ELISA (even for HSV-2) being a more sensitive test as compared to specific has been always known to throw in false... Read more »

Antibodies vs Antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have read here that having herpes will not affect your hiv test. Okay so I am likely splitting hairs here 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... Read more »

antibodies and seroconversion

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Does anyone know long it takes for antibodies to be detected after seroconversion ? Read more »

genital herpes or herpes simplex

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Could herpes cause changes in your mouth like dry mouth, white hairy tongue? Thanks for your response.

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What do HCV antibody test results mean with HIV negative @ 9 months

Had an antibody HCV test done at 7 months, it came back with a <0.1 0.0 - 0.8 s/c. After this I had one night upper abdominal pain, does this mean I have to go back and do another test such as the HCV RNA PCR. I'm at 11 months of exposure....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Don't worry any further. Testing is complete.Great results!... Read more »

Does undectable virus in blood mean no antibodies?

I've always been undetectable on viral load tests. Does having an undectable level of HIV in the blood mean that antibodies will take longer than normal to be created? In other words, is antibody creation a function of the level of the virus...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, HIV antibodies are an immunological reaction against the virus. HIV viral load is a method of quantifying the amount of virus in the blood. Even with "undetectable" viral loads in the blood, an HIV-positive person still has virus in... Read more »

what does h.i.v antibodies means does it really exist?

dear siri stay with my xfiance for a year and she have been tested positive and am negative we never make love with condom my doctor say i have and h.i.v antibodies pls does any thing exise as h.i.v antibodies? does it mean am h.i.v positive?...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
I do not know what your doctor is trying to communicate to you. When someone is infected with HIV they develop antibodies to the virus. That is what is meant by being HIV+. It generally takes a few weeks to 3 months for someone to develop... Read more »

Can "no viral load" for hemophiliac mean HIV+ antibodies aquired in transfusion

My boyfriend is a hemophiliac. He reports he has "no viral load." (A friend who is an HIV advocate says this is a poor term leading to a false sense of security, and the term to use more appropirately is "no detectable load")....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Amanda, thanks for your post.It's unlikely that your boyfriend has persistently positive HIV+ antibodies just from receiving transfusions. It also likely indicates true infection rather than exposure. (Though a repeat HIV antibody test is... Read more »
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Herpes Zoster Vaccine Safe and Effective in HIV-Positive People

Encouraging results were presented from the ACTG A5247 study on the use of two doses of a live varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccine (Zostavax, Merck) in almost 400 HIV positive people who were VZV positive or who had herpes zoster (HZ)/shingles... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gender and Age Patterns in HSV-2 and HIV Infection Among Non-Injecting Drug Users in New York City

The researchers undertook the current study to examine prevalence of and associations between herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection and HIV infection among never-injecting users of heroin and cocaine (NIDUs) in New York City. The study's... Read more »

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