question about test accuracy
May 8, 2010
Dr. Bob, I got 2 HIV antibody tests done at about 6 months post last exposure. (unprotected sex.) They both came back negative. My questions are this: 1. The first test was done through a website call AboutMyHealth.com, they referred me to LabCorp and they drew my blood, then AboutMyHealth sent me the results. The test read something like "HIV 1/O2 Abs- Index Value" and all that, and said nonreactive. Are these results reliable? Can I rely on this website? 2. Could the labs have made an error and I am really positive?? How easy is it to do that? 3. Does the HIV 1/O/2 mean they checked for antibodies to HIV-1, HIV-2, and subtype O? Thanks, Dr. Bob.
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Response from Dr. Frascino
1. Yes and yes.
2. The chance of laboratory error on both of your negative HIV tests is so remote it becomes essentially nonexistent.
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