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HTLV-I questions
Mar 3, 2006

Hello,

A few years ago I donated blood in Canada and I received this letter that I have HTLV-I. In their letter they had mentioned that: "EIA Screen: Positive Confirmatory test: Positive"

Then recently I noticed about WB testing.

1- Is there any chance even with EIA and confirmatory positive results, if I take a WB testing the result be negative? If it would be negative, does that mean that got a false result from screening? 2- Is there any way to get rid of the virus completely?

Thanks for your help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A confirmatory test is usually a western blot. If infected, there is no way currently to get rid of viruses like HTLV I.



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