Are There Rare Hiv Infected Who Don't Develop Antibodies

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...If you are considering having a baby, you can take advantage of treatments that potentially prevent transmission of HIV to the baby. What Are HIVAntibody Tests? As the body fights viruses, the immune system creates antibodies to that virus. HIVantibody tests do not measure or detect the virus itself but instead look for your body's reaction to the virus -- the presence of antibodies to HIV. ELISA The ELISA (also sometimes...
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Do Antibodies Decline

Hi Doctor, I don't know who else to ask this question. I have talked with an Hiv phone counselor here in Oregon and she told me that Hiv antibodies do decline after some time goes by but the test is still able to pick up antibodies if you were...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi Larry,An HIV-antibody test seven years after a potential exposure would indeed still be accurate (as would an HIV-antibody test 17 years after Read more »

Acute Hepatitis B infection cleared - risk of reactivation?

I had a severe bout with Hep B 7 years ago, I cleared the infection, I am Surface Antigen negative and Surface antibody positive, HBV DNA test undetecatble. I have been getting some conflicting information, OR perhaps I just don't understand...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
It is true that hepatitis B infection can "reactivate" after being dormant when a person is exposed to something that will suppress their immune system (like chemotherapy). There are a few case reports of this happening even in patients with... Read more »

Gene may hold key to neutralizing HIV: U.S. study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The AIDS virus is especially hard to fight because few people develop antibodies to neutralize it, but U.S. researchers said on Thursday they have found an immunity gene that may offer a new way to fight back. They said the gene...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Thanks for the information. The Apobec 3 story is one we've been monitoring. Please note this is very early research, so don't look for it on your pharmacy shelves anytime soon. By the way, did you have a question?Dr. Bob Read more »

Maximum time of the HIV antibody production?

Hi doctor Mark HolodniyI m medical student. My medical Prof. said to us in my infection lesson about HIV antibody production 2 weeks to 2 years. Is it true? Is there any report about antibody after 6 months?I think 2 years very long time and...
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
...With the current generation of antibody tests, I am not aware of antibodies taking 2 years to develop. Although people have been found to be infected with HIV (by PCR and cultureI and not have evidence Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

What Is AIDS?

...on HIV testing. Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but don't get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Opportunistic Infections

...To see if you're infected with an OI, your blood might be tested for antigens (pieces of the germ that causes the OI) or for antibodies (proteins made by the immune system to fight the germs). If the antigens are found, it means you're infected. ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...send the sample to a laboratory where it is tested for HIV. Who Should Get Tested? Many people are infected with HIV but don't know it. You might not feel sick or have any health problems. But you can still pass HIV to other people. Anyone... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...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 HIVantibody test (called ELISA or EIA)... Read more »