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HIV Meds and Drug Testing
May 16, 2004

My fiance is HIV+ and recently failed a urine test at the request of his parole officer.He is currently taking Sustiva,Videx and Epivir. Will any of these cause him to test positive for THC or Cocaine?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your question.

Rarely, persons taking efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) can have a positive drug test (overlaps with the test for marijuana, but not cocaine). Most current tests have figured out how to tell the difference. A note from your fiancee's doctor about his prescription medications can often suffice to sort this out. BY

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