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When Is It Late To Take Hiv Antibody Test

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...the exclusion of other known causes of immunosuppression, such as cancer or malnutrition. An expanded WHO AIDS case definition, with a broader spectrum of clinical manifestations of HIV infection, is employed in settings where HIV antibody tests are available ( WHO . Wkly Epidemiol Rec. 1994;69:273). As of the end of 2000, an estimated 36.1 million people worldwide -- 34.7 million adults and 1.4 million children younger than 15 years --...
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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
...different types of tests that measure two very different and distinct things. See below.Dr. Bobagain about the window period (HIV ANTIBODY TEST VERSUS VIRAL LOAD TEST)Jul 11, 2008 doc i read all ur logs about window period which says that the HIV... Read more »

ARS at 8 weeks

Dear Dr. Hi, I have noticed you helping so many people on this site, and I plan on donating to the site when I get paid this week. Anyways, I received unprotected oral sex from a call girl. This has been my first and only sexual experience, I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You are correct: Unprotected oral sex carries only a very, very low risk for acquiring HIV. You are also correct that your anxiety is causing your lack of appetite, which in turn is resulting in weight loss. Your 49-day negative HIV-antibody test... Read more »

MASS-HIV antibody testing...

Again, thanks so much for you tireless work here. I wish I could adequately convey just how much these forums have helped me deal with my illness.I've been hearing a lot lately about various agencies "strongly recommending" that more and more...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I feel the best way to reduce the stigma you describe is for HIV testing to come out of the closet. We should all be tested and many of us regularly. As many as 28% of those with HIV infection in the US do not know they are infected and about... Read more »

agony of tests

Dear Dr. Bob,You are an exceptional human being! The world needs more people like you. I am making this comment based on your responses to so many questions and pleadings coming your way. I wrote to you few days ago. My question is answered...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,The loss of an anti-HIV antibody response due to late-stage AIDS is the result of profound immunodeficiency, i.e. essentially the collapse of the entire immune Read more »
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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

...(i.e., in only a few cases ever ), a person may take six months to produce antibodies. To be certain of your HIV status, take an HIV antibody test three months or longer after you were exposed to the virus. For even greater certainty, get tested... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

AIDS Vaccines

...Are We to an AIDS Vaccine? There is currently no effective AIDS vaccine. Data from a large trial in Thailand were released in late 2009. The study looked at using standard prevention techniques with or without the vaccine. Participants who got... Read more »
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Diagnostic, Monitoring and Resistance Laboratory Tests for HIV

...management of acute HIV infection, see Diagnosis and Management of Acute HIV Infection . A. Antibody Tests Detection of HIV antibodies is the most common method for the diagnosis of HIV infection in adults and children >18 months old.... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Discovery of Antibodies That Kill More Than 90% of HIV Viruses Gives New Hope for Vaccine

...infections and to the production of the first successful vaccine against the virus" (Maugh, 7/9). Wall Street Journal : "The HIV antibodies were discovered in the cells of a 60-year-old African-American gay man, known in the scientific... Read more »
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4th Generation HIV Test

Posted by Trophy
...use in the United States.(1) A common feature of all varieties of ELISA is the use of enzyme conjugates that bind to specific HIV antibody, and substrates/chromogens that produce color in a reaction catalyzed by the bound enzyme conjugate. The... Read more »

Antibody Test completed

Posted by BillyC, 2 Replies
...I recently tested Negative for an HIV Antibody test. My concern is the exposure that I had (even though it was not much of a risk) was over 7 years ago. Are the results of Read more »

CDC window period have u are tested in the window

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...(sudden start) HIV infection can be >diagnosed by detecting HIV RNA in plasma from persons with a negative or >indeterminate HIV antibody test.>>According to the Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, >Adolescents, and... Read more »

cdc dont they have to be honest

Posted by nomoreworry4me, 1 Reply
...(sudden start) HIV infection can be >diagnosed by detecting HIV RNA in plasma from persons with a negative or >indeterminate HIV antibody test.>>According to the Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, >Adolescents, and... Read more »