IgA question (NOT IN THE ARCHIVES!)
Feb 6, 2008
Hello Doc, I have looked for information in the archives but I found nothing about this.
I had a single exposure with a girl (very probably HIV+) 6 months ago. Condom broke during the intercourse.
I followed your advice and took several 3-months and 25 weeks tests (all of them ELISA "standard", no p24 test, so I supose that they weren't 4th generation ones), all of them negative.
I was diagnosed with Chlamydia (PCR testing) a week ago, although I haven't had any symptoms. I have been treated with 1g of Zythromax and I am waiting to take another test to be sure it is over. I also took a STD panel (HBV,HCV,etc.) with everything negative, except Chlamydia.
In an hematology test taken 1 month ago (January), everything seems to be OK, but IgA is 370mg/dL. Its usual range seems to be up to 300 or 400, but I don't know if it's OK or maybe it is high or maybe not.
I read one of your answers, where you say that 3 months is always conclusive, EXCEPT in very RARE cases such as immunoglobuline disorders or something like that (sorry Doc, I was never good at Biology!).
I'm afraid, maybe my level of IgA is related to this? I hope not!! IgG is 1300 (it seems in the normal range) and IgM 120. I would like to put this to rest and have your conclusive WHOO-WOO!!
My questions are:
1. Do you think that this value of IgA is fine? Should I worry?
2. Are my 3 months and 25 weeks ELISA tests conclusive?
3. Is the level of this IgA related to the infection of Chlamydia? I also passed a severe tonsillitis, but it was 2 months ago (December)
THANK YOU, you are an angel Doc. I promise a donation and I wait for your response and WHOO WOO OK!
Response from Dr. Frascino
1. Your IgA level is normal.
The type of immunoglobulin disorder that could interfere with HIV-antibody test results is called hypogammaglobulinemia (low or deficient production of specific antibodies).
You are Dr. Bob-certified to WOO-HOO!
Thanks for your donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org).
Be well. Stay well.
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