If you have an HIV test done and it is reactive but the antibodies test is negative, what does this mean?
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It might be due to the HIV test detecting the HIV antigen (p24), and the antibody test might still be in the window period (meaning, the antibodies against HIV have not been formed in the body yet). In any infection, the infection produces its antigen, and later when antigens are processed by our immune system, the body produces antibodies against the infection.
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the condom was intact, then there is nothing to worry. Nevertheless, you can go for HIV testing at four weeks. Read Full
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You have gone for antibody testing for HIV 1 and 2 many times and it has come negative. When two tests for antibody detection based on different principles are negative, it means individual is not having HIV infection. You have also... Read Full
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