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Traumatic Asplenia will it give a false positive elisa test

Sep 30, 2005

Case: 50y M s/p traumatic splenectomy secondary to MVA; No IVDA, no homosexual/bisexual behavior. Tested + for HIV antibody from Home Access Kit. Can the aspenia cause a false positive?

Response from Dr. Frascino


No. There is no link between losing a spleen and gaining anti-HIV antibodies. However, a positive Home Access test is not considered a true positive test until it is confirmed by a more specific blood test (ELISA and Western Blot).

Good luck!

Dr. Bob

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