|I tested + in 2001; recently took 2 tests which were negative
Oct 10, 2009
I tested + for hiv in 2001. I began medication within 6 months. I've been on the same medication for 6-7 years and have had an undetectable viral load for 6-7 years as well. I recently took another test to qualify for a local program to help w/copay of medications. They needed a + result since my viral load was undetectable. I took an OraSure test & 2 weeks later (today) was told that my results were Negative. They did another test today, OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody test, and this test also came back negative. They recommended I get a blood test done at this point. I don't understand this. I've been searching the internet for some possible explanations. I'm going to call my doctor but not sure I trust them. Any suggestions on what may have caused these negative results??
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You don't indicate what HIV tests were obtained in 2001. Were these just screening HIV antibody tests, or confirmatory western blots tests, or a detectable HIV viral load? If either of the latter two tests were positive that confirms infection. I can't comment on the current screening test results.
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