|EIA and Western Blot Results
Apr 3, 2007
I recently took an EIA test which came back as repeatedly reactive. A Western Blot was then performed and no band was reactive.
How exactly do I interpret these results? Am I HIV positive or negative?
I have been suffering mental torture with earlier EIA results coming back as positive, then negative, then positive again. Thus, I want to be assured that the Western Blot test negates every discrepancy there may have been on all those EIA tests. Please respond to my email. Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
You've had earlier EIA tests that came back positive, then negative, then positive again. Now you've got another positive EIA; however, a Western Blot showed no bands. Your results indicate you are most likely HIV negative. Your EIA-positive results are false-positives as indicated by the negative Western Blot, a more specific test. If you remain "mentally tortured," see an HIV-knowledgeable physician to review your history and test results. If necessary, he or she will recommend a follow-up study, such as a DNA-PCR if your results are in dispute, or a repeat EIA/Western Blot in three months. The important thing to realize is that a positive EIA and negative Western Blot is considered to be a negative HIV test, OK?
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