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False Postive HIV

Apr 19, 2008

I have been sent a note home from the Blood Donor saying im false postive... what does this mean? my HIV1/2 came up positive and my western blot came up negative... im scared i dont know if i am HIV negative or not... what should i do?

Response from Dr. Frascino


"False" positive, as the name implies, means that your positive result was indeed false! In other words you are HIV negative!

A positive HIV-1/2 ELISA (the more "sensitive" test) followed by a negative Western Blot (the more "specific" test) is considered to be a negative HIV-screening test.

What should you do? That's easy. You should yell "WOO-HOO!" because you are HIV negative! You can read more about HIV tests in the archives.

Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob

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