|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
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.
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