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HBIG shot and HIV false positive
Feb 8, 2008

Dear Dr.

I recently had an HBIG shot after a high risk exposure to Hep B - I am a non responder to the vaccination. I am also currently on my 2nd course of vaccinations. Obviously I am concerned with HIV also, but will this HBIG injection affect HIV testing in any way?

What are the chances of a false positive?

Will the testing centre need to know that I have had the shot?

How long do i have to wait to get a conclusive HIV test?

Rgds,

BT

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello BT,

HBIG should not cause false-positive HIV-screening tests.

HIV-antibody tests taken prior to three months are not considered to be conclusive.

Dr. Bob



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