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Drugs that can cause false negative ELISA or viral load tests

Sep 28, 2003

I read an article indicating that antidepressants can inhibit immune function and therefore delay or prevent production of HIV antibodies - therefore causing a false negative ELISA test.

Any validity to this? Do antidepressants cause false ELISA tests or affect viral load? If not, any meds besides HAART (such as Vicodin or Clonazepan?) that could affect antibody production or viral load detection?

Many thanks.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Antidepressants, vicodin, clonazepan? Liza with a "Z" is that you??? Hi honey, sorry about the recent divorce.

To answer your question -- No, antidepressants do not affect HIV test results.

So, Liza, I heard your recent hubby said the same thing as all your past ones on your wedding night: "No hard feelings!"

Take care dearie, and remember life is a cabaret! (And when you go, I'm sure it'll be just like Elsie!)

Dr. Bob

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