|I think this is good news???
Apr 20, 2009
Dear Dr. Rob,
On November 16, 2008 I sent an e-mail questioning the accuracy of the 38 day HIV antibody test. I finally got up enough courage to get tested again. It came back negative, but I am not sure if I should be excited regarding the results. I bought the test kit at CVS and followed the instructions on the box correctly. When I called the hotline number they said I tested negative for HIV 1. How accurate is the test result? Should I go to a lab to have my blood drawn like the first test I did. sHOULD i GET TESTED FOR HIV 2. It has been 9 months since my last sexual experience, except with my husband.
I made him wear a condum the past 9 months, because I was afraid I was infected with the virus. I told him i was not able to take the birth control pills.
I cheated on my husband and followed your advice. I am seeing a therapist on a weekly basis to help me deal with everything I put myself and my family through the past year. I plan on telling my husband in the near future with the help of my therapist.
I want to let everyone know that I thought I had every symptom in the book. I think I am finally at peace. The only way to find inner peace is to get tested....I am so grateful for you site. You are an inspration.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Yes, this is excellent news!
The test kit you purchased at CVS is the Home Access Express Test. It's the only FDA-approved home test kit available in the U.S. It uses a double EIA (enzyme immunoassay) with a confirmatory IFA (immunofluorescence assay). The sensitivity and specificity of this test approaches 100%. It's extremely accurate. Your nine-month negative test is definitive and conclusive. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. WOO-HOO and congratulations.
I'm also delighted you are seeing a therapist and plan on leveling with your husband. It's definitely the right thing to do.
Good luck. Be well!
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