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When Does Time Of Serum Conversion Happen In Hiv

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plasma vs serum VL

I have asked a question regarding if there is any difference in the amount of hiv found in serum or plasma vs. whole blood when working in the laboratory. I have been told that when it is spun down, the virus is pulled to the bottom of the tube in...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
I see that you have asked this question to several experts and through various forums. I will attempt to answer all the questions you have submitted.Yes, there is a difference between serum and plasma HIV viral load (VL). The HIV VL in serum is... Read more »

staging fibrosis with serum tests?

Do you use the any of the new serum based blood tests to stage liver disease/fibrosis in HIV/HCV co-infected, or still think biopsy more accurate in these patient groups?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
There is a little more data in HIV/HCV coinfected patients now on use of serum based blood tests. These tests, in general, are better at predicting who has mild disease and who has advanced disease. They are not as good at predicting people in the... Read more »

hm...late conversion?

hello frascino....first of all, thank you for your time and caring of other far i've been tested negative at week 6, 12, 17, 23, and 28 for hiv antibodies.....i am also slightly anemic....can this condition cause late...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello!Congratulations! You've tested negative beyond the 6-month period. You're negative! No, you certainly do not need any additional testing. In fact, you've had way too much testing already! A 3-month test, based on the type of... Read more »


Iam a college student taking a course on HIV/AIDS. What is "sero-conversion?" By the way, I'm also HCV positive and I have found these internet recources invaluable in my own battle. Keep up the good work. Dennis....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
This refers to the time when someone is infected with a virus for example, but antibodys have not developed yet and/or can't be detected in the serum by standard assays. When the antibodies develop, you "convert" your status to... Read more »
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Timing of Acute HIV and Sero-Conversion

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My question relates to timing of possible HIV exposure, Acute HIV and subsequent sero-conversion.
Note I have tested negative with Elia tests out to 19 weeks but I have not been well since 2 weeks after the event feeling tired with off and on with... Read more »

conversion question

Posted by Anonymous
ok, is ARS and conversion illness the same thing? i mean don't they happen at the same time cause when u start gettin sick from ARS that means your body's converting right? and it happens, within 2-4 weeks not 10 11 12 or 13 weeks. heres my problem.... Read more »

conversion after 24 weeks?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
hi -
i just got back my test results and they are negative.
i tested at 24 weeks - 6 months.
i know i have unrealistic fears now that i see i am still negative after my 3 and 6 month test but is there ANY chance i could serocovert after 24 weeks with... Read more »

conversion, please read and respond

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
ok i gotta question, i have read when u get the ARS u get common symptoms and really can't tell it apart from any other viral infection and it occurs from 2-4 weeks after exposure. ok i have read that u get swollen glands, night sweats, fatigue,... Read more »