Apr 11, 2001
Hi Dr. Holodniy: Three years ago I had a potenial exposure. At 5/6 months I was negative with the HIV ELISA test. Recently, because of a hard to cure upper respiratory infection, I took another HIV ELISA test at 2-3/4 years post exposure that was also negative. At 3 years, I took another HIV test that was also negative. My internest told me that current HIV ELISA tests are sensitive to HIV 1 and 2. I'm currently experiencing night sweats, weight loss, and have little red dots all over my body that blanche when pushed and am therefore concerned that I may have HIV or AIDS. I've had negative chest xray, abdominal CT, and lumbar spine MRI. All standard blood work is within "normal" ranges. My questions are: 1. Are current HIV ELISA tests sensitive to HIV 1 and 2, therefore being able to detect either virus? 2. After 3 years, is it possible to have AIDS and not generate enough antibodies to be picked up by the HIV test? 3. My internest told me that if this were the case, I would be very sick by now. Is this necessarily true? Thank you for your response.
Response from Dr. Holodniy
1. yes 2. extremely unlikely 3. possibly.
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