|Extremely Worried. Need an Answer
May 29, 2002
Would you be so kind as to put my mind to rest? You state that auto immune conditions can cause false negative antibody tests. This scares me because there are so many people out there with some kind of auto immune condition (diabetes, lupus, hypothyroidism, crohn's etc.etc.) Does this mean that many people have the chance of having a false negative hiv test? Or are there just certain auto immune conditions that affect antibody production or the window period? Please answer, i am scared and need to know.
| Response from Mr. Kull
Autoimmune diseases are more likely to yield an indeterminate result. Autoimmune disease should not cause an antibody test to be falsely negative if the person being tested is actually infected with HIV.
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