testing question....a real genuine one
Jul 3, 2006
I have gone through the archives and found that Anti-Biotics have no effect on either production or testing ( ELISA )of HIV Antibodies. But, whether a person taking other medicines like, Anti - Ulcerants, Anti-fungals, anti- allergics, and getting tested with ELISA outside the window period will have any impact on the test.
I have been taking most of these medicines and got ELISA ( HIV 1 / 2, 3rd generation ) done after 18 months of my potential exposure ( unprotected oral & protected vaginal with a CSW ). Is my result conclusive & definite.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Correct! The archives do indeed state antibiotics will not affect HIV test results, duration of the window period or the ability of the body to produce anti-HIV antibodies. Also in the archives is the exact same information for the other medications you list! The only exception is high-dose corticosteroids, which can be used as an "anti-allergic" in some instances. Consequently, assuming you were not on high-dose corticosteroids, I would conclude your 18-month negative ELISA is indeed definitive and conclusive. Congrats!
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