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Repeated False Positives

Sep 26, 2007

Back in early october of last year My partner and I went for our routine sexual health check up where I had subsequently returned a positive ELISA, but a neg Western Blot. Over the course of almost twelve months I have continued returning 5 false positive's. In the twelve years I have been recieving check-ups I've never had a false positive before. I recently underwent a Proviral (HIV) DNA and Tcell Subsets (CD4 count), and am yet to recieve the outcome. Is it likely that it will return a definative answer regarding whether or not I am or am not +...or is the Proviral is not 100% failsafe, It has been an extremely long wait and I have heard many conflicting arguments. How can I be certain? are there other tests available.

Response from Dr. Frascino


A positive ELISA with a negative Western Blot is considered a negative HIV test. I see no reason for additional testing.

Proviral DNA PCR can be helpful in sorting out disputed or indeterminate serologic tests. Your DNA PCR will be undetectable. T-cell subset analysis is not warranted, as you don't have an HIV diagnosis and the test is not a diagnostic screening test for HIV disease.

Dr. Bob


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