|Worried that early test results are 'false negative'
Feb 10, 2010
Hello Dr. Bob, Thought for sure I was hiv infected from my first (and for sure last M2M oral encounter) on Dec 5, 2009. Experienced several early HIV symptoms that appeared 2 weeks later(sore swollen throat, sleep deprivation, a couple minor night sweats) then they all disappeared. This began weeks of deep worry about being hiv positive. Psychologically I felt like I was a goner for sure. So, after 7 weeks and 2 days, I took a LabCorp test; HIV-1 DNA by PCR, with HIV antibodies by ICMANGVP. Also included same time, from same sample was a HIV-1 Antibody, Confirmation Weatern Blot test, and a HIV-1/0/2 Abs, Qual. All three were NEGATIVE. I plan a final antibody test after full three months to re-confirm, but how would you assess my outcome at this point? Thanks for your answer. Matt
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your negative test results at seven weeks are extremely encouraging. As you are learning, there is a world of difference between "thinking" you are HIV positive and actually "being" HIV positive.
Good luck with your upcoming three-month test!
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