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Follow up to the binge drinking question.
Jul 26, 2008

Bob, My question was because i am drinking so much alcohol, will the alcohol, affect the HIV 1/HIV 2 antibody test. Because i heard that alcohol can weaken your immunesystem. is alcohol like an immunnesuppresant. Do i need a PCR?

binge drinking, ekevated liver enzymes and HIV. Jul 25, 2008

Dr. Bob, I drink too much alcohol almost every day for the past ten years. I had an unprotected sex with a person of unknown status, 3 months back. tell me how stupid i am.

I went to the doctor and had a blood test for HIV and the doctor also did a regular blood test.

My HIV test results are negative, but my liver enzymes were elevated. My liver enzymes were elevated for the past couple of years, because of my alcohol abuse. Does drinking alcohol, does it effect the HIV antibody test accuracy? I got an antibody test for both HIV 1 and HIV 2.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Elevated liver enzymes will not affect the accuracy of HIV-antibody tests. However, I do think it's time you cleaned up your act and got professional help for your alcoholism. If not, you are risking both your health and happiness.

Dr. Bob

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Alcohol, even in binge quantities over a protracted period of time, will not affect HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody tests. PCR testing is not recommended, nor warranted.

Good luck. And remember to clean up your act!

Dr. Bob



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