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Could I be HIV Negative ?
Feb 9, 2008

I had unprotected sex about three years ago while in a very short lived heterosexual relationship. I have not had any sexual relationships since, or hiv symptoms, but have been nervous about my past. I recently tested positive via the Western Blot, however, Ive been told my viral load is undetectable and my t-cell count is about 860. My doctors assistant called to ask me to have more tests done, because with my viral load being undetectable and t-cell count in the range of a healthy person, I could not be hiv+, but they just want to be sure. I know that Western Blot tests can be incorrect a very, very small percentage of the time, but does this make sense to you? Could it be that I actually am not hiv+ even though the Western Blot says I am? (Im wanting a second opinion.)

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Western Blot tests should never be used for initial screening of HIV! The physician who ordered this test did not do you any favors! Yep, false-positive Western Blots can occur and are not all that uncommon! Your next step should be to get a routine ELISA test. If negative, you are HIV negative and no further testing is needed.

Good luck!

Dr. Bob



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