|My doctor is confusingme please help!! You rule!
Nov 3, 2006
Hey doc.. Hope all is well. Here we go. Low risk exposure with high risk person. My hand came into contact with a sex worker at a party. I did not penetrate her but do have small cuts on my fingertips. I tested positive with the oraquick at 5 weeks... confirmatory test was elisa and came back negative. (no western blot though?!). then I went to a doctor who ran a RNA test. This I guess looks for the virus itself but usually isn't for screening. It came back negative (or didn't find anything.) Then I tested Negative at 9 weeks with another oraquick. I promise I will go back in three months to be sure. But I can't seem to get that first test out of my head. Please help with some words. can I at least forget about that first test? I hope your readers will take note DONT TEST UNTIL THREE MONTHS!!! ITS NOT WORTH IT! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
I've repeated this advice so often I feel like "The Department of Redundancy Department." Testing prior to three months is not considered definitive or conclusive. Period.
Your initial test was unquestionably a false positive as indicated by your negative follow-up ELISAs and RNA PCR.
You can read gazillions of testimonials just like yours in the archives for additional reassurance.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.