|two years on antidepressants and testing
Jul 29, 2004
I got tested negative like ten days ago after eight months of exposure, Elisa test. I have been on antidepressants(Celexa) for the past two years now. Could u please tell me if taking celexa would have affected the test result(by not producing the antibodies), or will it affect the window period. If it affects then what should i do. Is there any definite way of ruling out HIV in my case. I m ready to get any test done, coz. i lost everything till now and i dont want to destroy myself.
Please answer. Thank you in advance.
Date of Exposure, Oct 4th 2003.
Date when i got tested, Jun 20th, 2004
Been on anti depressant(celexa 20 mg) medication since Feb 2002.
Ur answer would help me a lot, and also please suggest me if i should get any cd4/cd8, PCR so that this can be ruled out definitely and also out of my mind. Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Horwath
The time between your exposure and your HIV test was more than 8 months. A negative test after 8 months should be highly reassuring to you. This is long past the window period; >90% of those infected will have a positve HIV antibody test within 2-3 months.
Taking an antidepressant such as Celexa does not interfere with the production of antibodies or with the Elisa or Western blot tests. I would not be concerned that you had a false negative test.
You are suffering from anxiety and should get some help for this. Consult a psychiatrist or other qualified mental health professional, or seek counseling from an AIDS service organization in your area to help you with this problem.
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