How conclusive is Western Blot
Apr 22, 2006
Dear Doc, I had protected sex with a sex worker on 13 th Aug 2005,but at that time that girl was menstruating.After 3 months after exposure I had fever,again after 5 months after exposure I had fever.Now I have muscular pain.I took TRIDOT tests after 5 months,6 months and 7 months after exposure which was reported negative.Again I took Western blot after 7.5 months which was negative.Shoul I undergo further tests.and how conclusive is western blot taken after 7.5 months,because I heard that Western blot can be taken after ELISA,only a western blot without ELISA are enough?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your negative TRIDOT tests at five, six and seven months are definitive and conclusive. You are HIV negative.
Western Blot tests should not be done as initial HIV-screening tests due to their rate of false-positive responses. They should only be ordered to confirm the results of a positive ELISA test.
I see no need for you to have any additional HIV tests. HIV is not your problem No way. No how.
Stay safe. Stay well.
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