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Delayed antibodies due to covid

I’ve really been worrying about the chances of covid suppressing HIV antibodies and the test not picking them up. I had COVID on the 1st of Jan and took your tests at 79 days post possible-exposure. Has there been any evidence that having had covid could delay my immune response? I’ve been googling and can’t find any articles stating as such so hopefully that’s a good sign? Your help on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

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 Used on 25th March 2021

Thank you so much for your guidance Becky! So grateful to have this platform to ask questions and get answers quickly. Wish more companies and people were as amazing as Biosure and everyone who works there!

Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 24th March 2021

Hi Help01, There would be no interference - your HIV test result would be the same regardless of whether you had COVID-19 or not. Your negative result at 84 days is reliable and you do not need to retest. Kindest regards, Becky

 Used on 23rd March 2021

So would my result be the same whether I had covid or not? Can I rely on the result at 84 days as conclusive to my HIV status?

Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 22nd March 2021

Hi Help01, There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 infection could delay HIV antibody production or could effect your immune response. Antibodies are specific to each virus - antibodies to HIV are different from the antibodies that are produced in response to COVID-19. Having had COVID-19 will not affect the result of the test or the test itself. Just be sure to retest at 84 days for a conclusive result. Thank you, kindest regards, Becky.

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