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hiv dn pcr negative
Mar 8, 2010

hi doctor..this is my second mail and u replied to my first mail and thaknz a lot....a zilion times really!!jus to remind u doc...my hiv dna pcr at 12 weeks came as neg as well as my elisa and wb after i had a possible exposure 12 wks bak..unprotected vaginal sex with a man whose hiv status is unknown.u had consoled me tellin me they would be coming bak as neg and they did!!so does dt mean i can move on with my life doc???do i have to take anther test in 3 months???im planning to work in a hospital and they do hiv screening there before appointing.my screening became positive in anther hospital and thats whn i realized i should take the tests..until 2day i havent had any symptoms of ars.....so doc do u think i can work again as a doctor??i had hsv labialis infection abt a year ago..do u think this explains y my screening became posituve....like a false positve....???

kindly do reply and u r uch a great doctor...its such a relief to talk to people like u doctor...very worried..

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

A negative ELISA and Western Blot plus an undetectable qualitative HIV PCR DNA at 12 weeks are definitive, conclusive and WOO-HOO-able. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No additional HIV tests are warranted. Your initial screening was, as anticipated, a "false positive." There are a number of reasons for false-positive HIV-antibody tests, including nonspecific cross-reacting antibodies. (An episode of HSV labialis would not be the cause.) Yes, of course, you can work as a doctor! But if you're going to do so, make sure you learn about HIV/AIDS, including how to order and interpret HIV diagnostic tests.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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