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ELISA VS. BLOOD TEST?
Mar 13, 2000

Hello Doctor. 3.5 months after a possible exposure i got a general blood test and a hiv test. The hiv test read: negative. But the blood test shows a low the average lymphocyte count, 20 of the average 24-44 and a high neutrophils count, 75 of the average 40-70. So Im very scared. Does this mean im at the hiv acute infection but the hiv test still says negative. Im very concerned, please help me. Those blood test results shown like an infection is present, so what could that mean? So the HIV can not be as telling as the blood test? Thank you very much for your answer.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

All this probably means is that you had a slightly left (or right, depending on your politics) of center complete blood count. I wouldn't overinterpret it. If you are still HIV- 6 months post-exposure, you can relax completely. Until then, you can probably relax 95%+. So get retested, and then stop worrying.


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