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Help me understanding my lab results

Dec 2, 2006

My Western Blot results are as follows: gp160 ab present gp120 ab equivocal p66 ab present p51 ab present qp41 ab present gp40 ab present p31 ab present p24 ab equivocal p18 ab absent Besides that fact that I'am HIV+ what does Equivocal mean and what is p18 ab what does absent mean?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Equivocal means that the band on the western blot was faintly present, but not dark enough to call positive. P18 is an antigen or part of the HIV core protein. Antibodies to this part of the virus were negative in the sample.

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