|HTLV False positive
May 23, 2010
After donating blood regularly for over 20 years I received a letter informing me that I am permanently deferred. In July 2009 and April 2010, my blood tested positive for the presence of antibody to HTLV I/II. After the April 2010 test, confimatory testing was done using IF Western blot which came back negative. Also 3 blood donations did not test positive between July 2009 and April 2010.
It is my understanding based on the negative Western Blot that I do not have HTLV. Do I need further testing to confirm this? Are my blood donating days over? If so, why do people who are documented as 'false positive HTLV' barred from blood donation?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You may need more testing and would likely benefit from an infectious disease expert reviewing your case.
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