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hepA/B and HIV protein markers

Feb 14, 2001

Question: Dear Dr. I have read and heard that a certain percentage of people who get hepB and/or hepA and have produced the hepB antibodies can cause the elisa and/or western blot test to give false hiv positive HIV antibody tests. is any of this true? are there proteins from the hepb (and/or hepA) test that coincide with the proteins of the hiv test that are the markers for a positive result? thanks.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Those viral infections remain on the list of things that can cause false positive tests. With newer fourth generation antibody tests using recombinant DNA technology, these kinds of reactions are unlikely. MH

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