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Possibility of False Positive

Oct 14, 2017

I had two rapid test performed last week (from different manufacturers). They both came back positive. The second one was apparently less sensitive, or more accurate, than the first. So it looks likely that I am positive.

However, when I checked back in with my sexual partners, these recent results became a bit baffling. Both have tested negative (using rapid, and HIV - RNA tests) recently. The window period from their potential exposure to their latest tests is over 30 days. The one who I engaged with riskier activity with has even been prescribed PReP after a series of tests came back negative.

So, here I am waiting on my viral load test, but I'm wondering what you think is going on. Last month I was treated for gonnorhea and had a separate viral infection - could antibodies from these experiences have caused a false positive? And should I get additional tests besides this viral load (perhaps a NAAT or RNA test) to confirm my status? If I'm without HIV, what would one's viral load look like?

Thanks for all your help.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You need to wait until HIV viral load results are available to determine status.



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