confused about HIV

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Post by canalon » Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:08 am

the VIH cannot be detected directly, so the tests are directed toward the antibodies.

i thought it was HIV. why it cannot be detected? what is an antibody?
:oops: sorry :oops:

HIV and VIH are the same thing, but in english and french respectively. VIH should be the correct name considering that it was given by the Pr. Montagnier and his team that discovered it in France, but after the controversy with Dr Gallo in the USA, both name started to be used, and as always english took over. My gallic pride is quite upset by this kind of small facts ;)

As for the rest, I suggest you start with our dictionnary and our tutorials (see about immunity for antibodies) as it would be too long to explain here.

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Post by victor » Fri Dec 02, 2005 12:02 pm

Yup, too long for the antibodies one...because if it's written in the book, it will consists about 800 pages..... :D
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Post by lara » Sat Dec 03, 2005 8:06 am

read that the virus rna appear in the body very soon-nucleic acid tests are conducted for detection.

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