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asthma inhalers affects hiv test?

Nov 11, 2006

Dr. Bob

i recently got a negative hiv result from rapid hiv test(serodia hiv1/2). my possible hiv risk was an oral sex 4 years ago. please help. i have read about use of corticosteroids may cause false negative result. i use seretide to control my asthma i use every morning and evening. seretide contains corticosteroids. could my asthma inhaler cause a false hiv negative result? please help me doctor Bob... im still in the dark and cannot move on with my life knowing that i could still be possibly hiv infected.

worried asthmatic

Response from Dr. Frascino


Seretide is fluticasone plus salmeterol. (It's called Advair in the U.S.) Used as recommended it will not affect your HIV-antibody test results. You are negative. Stop worrying and start WOO-HOOing, OK?

Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob

Because I trust you more than the person who preformed my test.

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