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coxsackie virus - b
Oct 16, 2008

Hi Dr. Bob, You helped me about 6 months ago and here I am back wondering what's wronig with me. I was diagnosed with Lymes disease last February and have recovered. I was worried then about cross reactions between lymes and hiv. Now I recently found out I have coxsackie Virus-B...I had severe chest pains and my doctor ran a blood test and it came up that I have coxsackie-b. I am pretty weirded out that i could have two illnesses like there a cross reaction between coxsackie-b and hiv sera testing? I had two rapid hiv tests which were both negative over the summer. No new risks for at least 3 years. Should I be retested for hiv? Thank you for your help... Perplexed

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Perplexed,

You're wondering what's "wronig" with you? Hmm . . . well, from your post it appears you had Lyme's disease last February and more recently had a bout of coxsackie virus. (That virus always sounds like it has sexual connotations to me.)

As for what's right with you, you don't have HIV. Your two negative HIV tests are conclusive.

Why are you even worried about "cross reactions" between coxsackievirus and HIV??? Cross-reacting antibodies could cause a false-positive, not a false-negative HIV-antibody test result. You are HIV negative. Yell WOO-HOO and stop worrying.

Dr. Bob

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