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meningococcal disease & ARS?
Apr 2, 2001

Hi Dr , i dont know what to think. I tested neg at 8 weeks(elisa). I have now been told to take Rifampicin and for the rest of my family to take this. My body apparently formed antibodies to meningococcus. My dr said its not bad as its probably some sort of virus which has lowered your immune system which has given me meningism or something. Dr im confused if i was suffering ARS would it be a viral meningitis. My first symptoms were Strep throat , swallon glands. How accurate is neg at 8 weeks and would meningococcal be related to HIV or ARS. Help Dr.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

A negative ELISA at 8 weeks isn't 100% definite, so you may want to get retested. ARS has nothing to do with meningococcal infection, which is a bacterium, not a virus. So if you had both infections, it would be a coincidence.

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