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Thyroid Disease and Antibody Testing
Nov 3, 2000

I have had a thyroid condition since I was 13 years old -- first overactive now underactive. I take synthroid and my thyroid levels are normal, however I still have an autoimmune thyroid disorder. Can my condition result in a false negative antibody test? Thank you.

Response from Mr. Kull

Based on information that I have read, autoimmune disease may cause indeterminate results (neither positive or negative). I have not located information that suggests that autoimmune disease would result in false negative antibody tests.

It is important for you to evaluate your risk factors. If you think that you are at high-risk for HIV infection and that the antibody tests might be inaccurate, talk with your doctor about your situation and the need for alternative detection methods.

RMK



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