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concerned
Jun 30, 2005

Hi there,

A friend of mine donated blood in 1999. A few weeks later He was told that he had a hepatitis B surface in his blood and he will not be welcomed to donate blood in future. In 2003, he did an HIV test and was informed that the is a reaction in his blood meaning he could be HIV positive. In January 2005 he did another test for cd4 count and the results came back without saying he is HIV positive but saying there is contamination in his blood. I want to check if it is possible that hepatitis can be mistaken for HIV.

Regards, Concerned

Response from Dr. McGovern

No hepatitis viruses would not be confused with HIV viruses.



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