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Sep 3, 2009

Hi Doc, I was taking my first ELISA test on 19Feb2009, and it was 3 months after I had sexual activities. My girlfriend took the ELISA test together with me because we are planning to get married next year. Our test were non reactive. But in April 2009 I had some problem in my mouth, like candida(last for 1 month) and now it turned to Stomatitis until now. My doctor suggested me to take another hiv test. So Me and my girl friend took again ELISA on 12 May 2009. And it still non reactive. But on August my stomatitis still haven't cured yet. So I look for another doctor. She suggested me to take Western Blot,because she told me that ELISA was not accurate. Then on 7 August 2009 I took WB. But on 11August2009 I took another ELISA(curiousity) and the ELISA still non reactive. But on 1 September 2009 the WB result is positive. (I was just doing with my girl friend which we already test together twice and non reactive). My question are which one should I trust, ELISA OR WB, should I took another test( viral load ) thx

Response from Dr. Frascino


Your second opinion doctor who informed you that you should take a Western Blot because your previous repeatedly negative ELISA tests were not accurate is woefully misinformed (or a completely idiot, I'm not sure which!). Her advice is dead wrong. Western Blot tests should only be used to confirm a repeatedly reactive (positive) ELISA test! I would suggest you fire this doctor immediately and find a more competent physician! You are definitively HIV negative.

Dr. Bob

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