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When Do Hiv Antibodies Show Up In Your Blood

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HIV Antibodies; will a blood count detect them?

If one is HIV positive the body will, after 6 months develop antibodies, right? So, If one has a complete blood count with a differential well over 8 months after a possible exposure and there are no indications of any abnormal...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...A complete blood count with a differential looks at the white blood cells (used to fight off infections), red cells (used to carry oxygen), and Read more »

Causes of False Negative HIV Antibody Test

Hi Dr. Bob,Before anything else, I just want to thank you for your awesome job in this website. You... Read more »

if it dies

if the hiv virus dies shortly after leaving the body how do they test your blood for example when... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...In the US, call the National AIDS Hotline, (800) 342-2437. The most common HIV test is a blood test. Newer tests can detect HIV antibodies in mouth fluid (not the same as saliva), a scraping from inside the cheek, or urine. "Rapid" HIV test... Read more »
American Association for World Health

Fact Sheet: HIV Counseling and Testing

...medical care may delay the onset of AIDS and prevent some life-threatening conditions. A Negative Result This means that no HIV antibodies were found in your blood. However, there is still a possibility of being infected, since it can take up... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FDA OKs Second HIV Donor Screening Test

... The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test, the Abbott Prism HIV O Plus assay, that detects HIV antibodies in donated blood and organs. The test is one of five that run on Abbott's fully automated Prism System. FDA said the test... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Read more »
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unexplained reactive arthritis, would test be + ?

Posted by Shard
...arthritis in one joint, which still persists and a skin rash on my scalp. I have been tested at 7 weeks for HIV with antibody blood work, and at 10 weeks with HIV rapidtest blood, both results negative. At the 7 week one I also tested negative... Read more »

initial screening positive but no antibodies?

Posted by dmvcc99, 1 Reply
...was through my general physician. From what my Dr. told me, the initial screening showed "reaction" and was positive but no HIV antibodies were found in my blood. I am aware of the "window" period and that this can happen. However, my Dr.... Read more »

window period everyone

Posted by bovvylee, 2 Replies
...Period The "window period" is the time it takes for a person who has been infected with HIV to react to the virus by creating HIV antibodies. This is called seroconversion. During the window period, people infected with HIV have no antibodies in... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...means. The test is not testing for AIDS, in fact, it is not even testing for HIV. What the test looks for is the presence of HIV antibodies in the blood stream... antibodies which a person's immune system builds up as a result of HIV infection.... Read more »