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False Positive

Jun 30, 2001

Dear Doctor,

I am really going crazy. I tested postive on the ELISA after a 2 month exposure. Recently I could not accept my results and decided to test again -- Unbeleivably my test was Negative, confirmed by western blot. I dont know what to think or beleive. My doctor also ran some blood test and said my total white blood cell count was high (14.6) and my sed rate was 1. Can I beleive that I am really not HIV positive and does my white blood cell count being high for 5 months mean that it could be a different strain? Would my sed rate be higher if it were another strain?

Please help me doctor, I have nowhere else to turn..

Response from Dr. Holodniy

A total white blood cell count is not helpful in the diagnosis of HIV infection. ELISA tests can generate false positive tests. That is why we have the western blot as a confirmatory test for HIV infection.

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