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immunosuppressed?
Nov 3, 2010

Hello Dr. Bob,

I've had multiple negative antibodies tests since my past possible exposure (over 5 years ago.) I am still concerned about the accuracy of these tests, due to the possibility that I may be immunosuppressed. I know that if you are immunosuppressed antibodies tests may give false negatives. My question is, if my body produced antibodies to other things (which I know it did from lab reports), such as parvovirus and mononucleiosis then would my immune system be able produce antibodies to Hiv and would my negative antibodies tests by conclusive? Any information would be appreciated!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

Yes, if your body can produce specific antibodies to other pathogens, it would be able to make anti-HIV antibodies as well. Your multiple negative HIV-antibody tests are definitive, conclusive, WOO-HOO-able and move-on-already-able! HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No additional testing is warranted. Stop worrying and start WOO-HOO-ing.

Dr. Bob



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