|What does stable indeterminate mean?
May 10, 1999
Is this a term used to people with HIV exposure but who can't seroconvert to HIV positive? Why do some people not develop antibodies to HIV? How is it that some people develop AIDS but yet be HIV negative?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
An indeterminant test usually refers to a Western blot HIV antibody test. In almost all cases this refers to a test result that is not yet positive, but upon retest a few weeks later, will be positive. A few cases are false positive tests, where after multiple tests or other confirmatory testing, these people are HIV negative. I have not seen any one develop AIDS and be HIV negative. HIV antibody negative yes, but HIV infection was confirmed by other testing. MH
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