|unlikely candidate for HIV
Aug 13, 2006
I have just had a pre employment routine HIV screening, which came back positive. I am absoultely shocked as I thought I'd be an unlikely candidate. Several reasons: have been married and with same person for 5 years. I've had 4 negative HIV screenings over the past 12 years (mainly for employment issues), have never used needles and the one person I slept with who actually gave me herpes was in the early 1990s. I would have thought with the number of negastive tests done already, and my 'non risk' since the last one, that this test would have been negative. I have going to have a different test done to confirm and my doctor says there are fasle positives, but I am freaking out. It seems so unlikely but could a relationship i was in 14-15 years ago, despite 4 negative tests since then, still come back positive, all these years later?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You've had four negative HIV tests over the past 12 years and your last potential exposure was 15 years ago. And you consider yourself to be a "non-risk." Consequently, your recent pre-employment HIV screening test is most likely a false positive. If what you tell me is true, your being HIV positive is about as likely as finding a package of Hebrew Nationals in Mel Gibson's refrigerator.
Don't freak! Your follow-up tests will confirm your negative status.
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