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Why Does Hiv Antibodies Take So Long To Develop

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The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...stay that way. You can also avoid unnecessary worrying. What Tests Are Available? If you have been infected, your immune system will make antibodies against HIV. The most common HIV tests look for these antibodies. The HIV antibody test (called ELISA or EIA) is one of the most reliable medical tests. It can be done on blood, mouth swab, or urine. Before a positive antibody test result is reported, it is confirmed by another test...
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Hiv Antibodies Detection

Hello, I read on the web that an individual can sometime not develop hiv antibodies for a very long period than the six months and recommended to test every six months for some years!!. My question is, 1) if a person does not develop antibodies then...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You read on the Web that it is "recommended to test every six months for some years!"???? Hmm . . . well, I read on the Web that Dubya had absolutely nothing to do with going to war against the wrong country; the loss of trillions of dollars,... Read more »

Hiv Detection status

Hello, I read in one of your replies that an individual can sometime not develop hiv antibodies for a very long period than the six months and you recommended to test every six months for ten years. My questions are,10 if a person does not develop...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...I believe you misinterpreted my reply. Current HIV antibody tests are very sensitive and a test done 12 weeks after exposure will detect virtually every positive case.You can be very confident 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 HIV+...
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 »

Babies born to hiv infected mothers

How long will it take before a babies is free of her mother's antibodies and be tested negative?
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...which is why babies born very prematurely have very low levels of mothers antibodies. All HIV infected women will transfer their HIV antibodies to their babies but only 1 out of 4 babies will also be infected with the virus at the time of birth[... Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Antibodies Present in Long-Term HIV Survivors Could Contribute to Vaccine Development, Study Says

...earlier HIV vaccine trials. For the study, Rockefeller University researchers examined antibodies present in the blood of six long-term HIV survivors who appeared to have a degree of natural immunity to the virus (Connor, Independent , 3/16).... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...antibodies to fight it, HIV multiplies rapidly. Therefore, this test will show a high viral load during acute infection. A negative HIV antibody test and a very high viral load indicate recent HIV infection, most likely within the past two... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...pregnancy, but usually happens just before or during delivery. The baby is more likely to be infected if the delivery takes a long time. During delivery, the newborn is exposed to the mother's blood. An HIV-infected father can transmit HIV to his... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...York and California, and retrospective examination of frozen blood samples from a U.S. cohort of gay men showed the presence of HIV antibodies as early as 1978, but not before then. Subsequently, in every region, country and city where AIDS has... Read more »
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...hiv pcr dna quantitative test negative 37 days - full 8 panel test - same results as 14 day test 46 days hep RNA for B and C, hiv antibody - all negative 57 days - hiv antibody negative 72 days hiv antibody, hiv pcr dna qualitative, syphillis all... Read more »

4th Generation HIV Test

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...occurred. For the diagnosis to be correct, however, detection depends on the use of tests that are effective in identifying HIV antibodies, and not antibodies directed to other infectious agents that may be antigenically similar. Antigens used in... Read more »

Could I have HIV Without Antibodies?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...About three weeks after a couple incident of unprotected oral sex with high risk women I got a 4 month long sore throat, sever fatigue, and lymph node swelling. This was followed by a continuation of and frequent sore throats and sinus Read more »

Reliable source!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Listen People!!! People should be tested after 3 years of exposure.... Read more »