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Western Blot taken alone
Apr 7, 2013

Im reading from the various postings that a western blot test should only be taken as a confirmatory test after a positive ELISA.

If a person has an opportunistic infection like pcp pneumonia or karposi sarcoma that has been confirmed through labs, would they still need to take an initial hiv test followed by a confirmatory western blot?

Does the fact that the person has an opportunistic infection and a positive western blot only, enough to confirm hiv?

Thank you!

Response from Dr. Holodniy

People can have opportunistic infections without having HIV infection, due to a variety of medical conditions. So no, just having one of these infections does not confirm HIV infection and HIV testing is still required. A positive western blot in the presence of one of these infections would be sufficient.



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