Q. When will HIV antibodies develop in a body after exposure?

Answered by
Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 15, 2020

Hello doctor,

After how many days a normal person (22 years) suffering from all symptoms and just have tested HIV 1 and 2, and tridot test with negative result at 120 days develop antibodies? I have symptoms from day 10. Is my test at 120 days conclusive? I tested that six months back and I am very worried about HIV. Will I die with it? Or is it a normal virus that can be controlled? Is the result of 120 days test accurate? Please provide information as I am suffering from lots of tensions. I gained weight in the last two months. I have stretch marks on my body with pimples and headaches. There is a blood vessel break in my eyes and it is like a red dot. Should I get a test for HIV again? Or else should I relax?

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV/AIDS Specialist
#

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Antibodies are the proteins produced by the body in response to fight the foreign substance (antigen, virus, infectious agent) it enters the body. When antigen enters the body, it stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies. It is very difficult to tell that how much time a particular person takes to develop antibodies.

Your negative HIV antibody test at 120 days means that 99.9% of your body has not been exposed to HIV.

The test kits used these days are highly sensitive and specific and give accurate results.120 days HIV negative test is highly conclusive of your negative HIV status. But, I think that you are not letting it go.

The symptoms are more likely due to stress. There are very rare cases reported in the literature where the person has been exposed to antigen but the time taken by the body to produce detectable antibodies was longer, up to six months. There are recommendations and I also suggest to my patients to repeat the test at six months and if that will be negative you need not repeat it further.

I hope this helps.


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