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Possible I may be hiv+?

Apr 8, 2008

Hi Dr Bob,

My last unprotected sex was 12/2004.

I did an elisa test in 1/2006. It came back positive. A subsequent WB came back negative.

I re-test again on elisa in 12/2007. It came back positive. A subsequent western blot was performed and it came negative. This time I also did a RNA PCR and came back undetected.

Despite the above tests, I've been feeling unwell since the last 1 year. I've had oral trush, pain around the neck/lymph node area. I also did cd4 count last month and it came back with cd4: 580, cde/cd8 ratio of 80%.

I was just wondering if: 1. My body has not produced enough antibody to be picked up by WB test? 2. The hiv virus in my body is too little to be picked up by the pcr test 3. I may still be hiv+

Appreciate your help on this. Thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino


1. No. Absolutely not.

2. No. Absolutely not.

3. No. Absolutely not.

A reactive (positive) ELISA followed by a negative Western Blot is considered a negative HIV test. So you've had two negative HIV-antibody tests! PCR tests do not rely on anti-HIV antibodies. Your undetectable RNA PCR reconfirms what we already knew: You are HIV negative! Although you really had no reason to get a CD4 and CD8 test, your results are completely normal (as expected). Whatever is causing your symptoms, one thing is absolutely certain: It's not HIV. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how!

Stop worrying about a disease you could not possibly have!

Dr. Bob

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