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can there be false positives results

Aug 4, 2010

hello docotor I am confused about false postives and if diagnosed with hiv can there still be false postives .So there was a virus at my job going around . 8 people got sick with same symptoms all in june . i went to my docotor an she looked at tonsils and perscribed 2 packs of azithromicen I was confused but left without asking questions when i was on the meds my tounge got white so i took nizoral well taking the azithromicen . I had not been sick for a while and when i was sick i had bad gas and was burping alot an was so tired an had soft stools and constipated and i lost my apaitie.I decided i wanted to get physical done an this time through a new docotor. doctor did test an also a hiv rapid elisa test .I got a call back that day that i was postive with hive . my reaction was calm an confused becuase i never have unsafe sex i got tested 2 months befor an it was neg. i have been with the same person for a yr an im always safe. befor i went to get my test done i thought it could maybe have been mono or parasites or maybe the meds .. i never got tested for them because the doctor said it was hiv. This has been hard to deal with . i got another rapid test 7 days after i meet that doctor an it was negative so im confused. are there false postive from mono or parasites.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Your HIV test at your new doctor's office was a false-positive result as demonstrated by your subsequent negative rapid HIV test seven days later and because you had essentially no HIV risk! I would quickly fire your new doctor! That he or his office performed a single HIV test (presumably a rapid test, as you got the results the same day) and his office called you the same day informing you that you are HIV positive demonstrates not only a lack of understanding of HIV diagnostic tests (you would need a confirmatory test before being diagnosed HIV positive), but also considerable insensitivity (a phone report without explaining what a preliminary test means, etc.). So I see not only a lack of competence, but also a lack of compassion from that office!

There are many reasons for false-positive HIV-screening tests. You can review this information in the archives of this forum.

Be well.

Dr. Bob

possible hiv transmission from hiv+ person with condom being the bottom

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