|False Positive? Uni-gold rapid test
Oct 7, 2008
Thanks for all the work you do; you really are moving the fight forward. I have donated and plan to keep donating. Can you respond to me one more time, please?
Quick question, I have had a sore throat that I have not been able to shake. I think I see thrush on my throat looking into a mirror with a flashlight. It would be deep in the throat not on the roof or sides of the mouth (behind the tonsils). Went to my GP and he gave me a round of anti-biotic. After 10 days the throat wasn't any better so I have a Dr visit tomorrow with an EN&T. I was paranoid, so I went and had a another test but to my surprise it was positive. It was a Uni-gold rapid test (finger prick). I have tested negative at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 1 year and 2 years with ELISAs and OraSure Oral HIV1/2. My exposure was unprotective Oral both giving and receiving and protective vaginal. My risk besides the oral was I pinched the tip of the condom when I went to put it on but had it backwards. I turned it over pinched the tip and rolled it on. So I touched the inside tip of the condom with the wet fingers that I had used to simulate her. This is my only exposure except for sex with my wife. I have confessed and we have been working through it.
1) Do you think this is a false positive? I'm having an ELISA and Western blot tomorrow as I immediately scheduled an appointment with my GP.
2) How could I have so many negative tests and still be positive? Could the Unigold test for Subtype O and the others didn't?
I did get shingles over a year after the possible exposure--why I went back and tested at 2 years.
The clinic say the test is 99.6% accurate and the odds of it being a false positive is slim. I told them about my other test and they were surprised but said that sometimes HIV takes years to show a positive test?
Thank you in advance, I'm freaking out!!!!!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your HIV-acquisition risk is remote at best. Your negative Uni-Gold finger-prick rapid tests at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 24 months are definitive, conclusive and highly excessive.
Your recent positive OraSure Oral HIV-1/2 must be a false-positive if you've had no new exposures.
I do not believe you have thrush in your throat. (I'm assuming the ENT specialist agreed? Yeah, I thought so!)
To specifically address your questions:
1. Yes. Your follow-up ELISA and, if necessary, WB will corroborate this fact.
2. You are not HIV positive. Period!
Stop freaking out and stop getting HIV tests you absolutely do not need!
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