The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
For World AIDS Day, read about stigma, criminalization and more >>
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Herpes medication and the ELISA test

Aug 1, 2004

Hello Doctor,

I took Valtrex pills like about three years ago for about 15 days for genital herpes.

I had a low risk exposure like one year ago, and following that exposure, i got tested for

HIV ELISA antibody test after seven months, which came out to be negative.

Do u think that the valtrex medication could have affected my ELISA test by providing a false

negative. Will the medication inhibit the production of antibodies or the window period of


Thanks for ur time.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Nope! Valtrex will not inhibit HIV antibody production, alter the validity of HIV tests, or change the window period. I should also point out that I have answered this exact question several times before. Folks, if you are looking for information, remember to check the archives first. Your answer is probably already there just a mouse click away, waiting for you!

Dr. Bob

fluconazole and HIV TEST???? PZL ANSWER

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint