|Will chemotherapy affect HIV Testing?
Jan 16, 2002
I recently started chemotherapy for malignant melanoma (combination of Temodar and Thalidomide). I'm HIV negative, but I wanted to get tested...last test was about 6 months ago. Will these drugs have any effect on the test results - false positive or false negative?
Response from Dr. Dezube
Chemotherapy in general will NOT affect HIV testing.
On a separate note, however, your desire for frequent testing makes me concerned that you are participating in high-risk activities. If this is indeed the case, you might want to think about what's going on.
I wish you luck with your chemotherapy treatments. That's quite a challenge which life has thrown your way.
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