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When A Person Is Infected With Hiv How Long Does It Tae For Antibodies To Begin

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The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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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 hiv(any, not specific)and their v.l. is undetectable, how possible is it they can go down to the local health department and test negative? Thanks...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello m. p.,How possible is it that an HIVer on antiretroviral medications that have driven his HIV plasma viral load to undetectable levels will test "HIV negative" (HIV-antibody negative) at his local health department? The answer is it... Read more »

How long till infections begin?

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to read my question. I am a heterosexual 22 year old male that has been with three women, all long term girlfriends at the time we had sex. I was tested for HIV twice, the last being in Dec. 97. That result was...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The only certain way to know whether you are HIV+ or not is to get tested--there's no substitute. You may have had thrush in conjunction with antibiotic use-- if you still have these spots you should see a knowledgeable dentist. And if... Read more »

Quality of life for long-term HIV+ Persons. What to expect if diagnosed with multple HIV related illnesses?

I have been HIV+ for about 10 years now. Ive been on several different medication regimes, since I was first diagnosed, and my counts have all been excellent over the years (CD4 above 400 and Viral load undetectable). Ive also had the same Doctor...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The Side Effect of therapy forum is focused on brief discussions of side effects of specific HIV medication. In general there is continued concern that long term infection with HIV can lead to premature aging and maybe associated with a wide range... Read more »

How long can antibodies be detected?

Dear Dr. McGowan,Would a person's HIV antibody level still be high enough to detect on a standard screening ELISA if the infection started 10-12 years ago? My exposures were high risk, unprotected, with someone who I just recently found out was...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Dear wondering:Antibodies to HIV can and usually will persist for life after infection. The immune system maintains antibody levels to protect itself after exposure to an infection. Chronic infections such as HIV are most likely to maintain... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
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I'm carefully reading as much as I can of all the deep personal writing on this site and I'm astonished and moved by all of it.

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The waiting really begins...

Posted by jerri, 8 Replies
Hi all. I first posted here after my druken stupid mistake one night. I have marked the days and weeks off until I could take the antibody test. And, finally, today was the day. I had my blood drawn this morning but won't find out the results until... Read more »