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2. What is an HIV antibody test?

HIV antibody tests look for the presence of HIV antibodies; they do not test for the virus itself.

When HIV enters the body, it begins to attack certain white blood cells called T4 lymphocyte cells (T helper cells).

Your doctor may also call them CD4 cells.

The immune system then produces antibodies to fight off the infection.

Although these antibodies are ineffective in destroying HIV, their presence is used to confirm HIV infection.

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