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antibiotics and testing
Aug 27, 2006

Hello, Dr. Frascino, I had unprotected sex with a high-risk woman 3 months ago. During my window period I always had protected sex but gave and received unprotected oral. A few days ago I had acute tonsillitis which gave me a very high fever for 3 days. Now I'm almost completely recovered and will get my HIV test within the next 2 days. I am wondering if the medications I'm still taking (antibiotics -Zithromax-, pain killers) will have any effect on the HIV test. Thanks for answering my question in a most scary time in my life. Rob

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Rob,

Another QTND (Question That Never Dies)!!! A quick check of the archives would have given you your answer much more quickly than submitting a question, but I'll just assume you didn't know about that resource. (But now you do!!!)

Briefly, no, antibiotics and pain killers do not affect HIV test results.

Good luck on your upcoming test!

Dr. Bob



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