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repeatidly reactive
Mar 28, 2010

Hello Dr. Bob

My three month antibody test was reactive twice. My western blot was negative. No band detected. What is the chance of being positive at 3 months and a western blot being completly negative. Wouldn't the p24 band have atleat been present if I was infected. Best wishes. Thank you.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

A repeatedly reactive antibody test (rapid, ELISA, EIA) plus a negative Western Blot test is considered to be a negative HIV-screening test. I would consider a negative HIV-screening test (such as yours) definitive at three months (barring any unusual extenuating circumstances). You can read much more about HIV diagnostic testing in the archives of this forum. Have a look. You should find the information reassuring.

Be well.

Dr. Bob



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