|Can Prescription Drugs or Supplements, Vitamins effect HIV Test Results?
Nov 5, 2010
Hi Dr. Bob,
I sent you an e-mail last week. I'm the one who performed CPR on the AIDS Victim at an accident scene.
I performed the CPR on July 25th and went to my health department on October 25th ( exactly 3 months ) to have the blood test done. I don't know what kind of testing was performed. All I can tell you is that they did a blood draw and sent it off to a lab in Jefferson City, MO. to be tested.
I got my test results back today and they came back negative. I was so thrilled and felt like a huge weight was lifted off my mind and body. I had all kinds of symptoms such as aches, pains, fevers, canker sores, bumps on my skin, itching and panic attacks at times. You name it and I experienced it. Guess it goes to show a person how the mind can cause all kinds of things to go wacky with your body and actually make you physically sick.
QUESTIONS....I am concerned since I do not know what kind of HIV test was performed. I was wondering if it could be a false negative result or if drugs and/or supplements can cause the test result to come back negative when it is actually possitive? First I was relieved but now I'm second guessing the test.
The main reason of concern is because I was taking some prescription meds for shingles and lots of vitamin supplements when I had the test done and am concerned that the meds or supplements may have effected the test results. Am I still having mental issues with this by worrying that the negative test could be wrong because of the prescription drugs and supplements? I did the breaths on the Victim and was not exposed to any blood or body fluids other than sweat and I did use a CPR mask.
Do you you think I should be tested again at six months?
Your prompt reply back to my first e-mail made me feel soooo relieved.
Thank You so much for all the information on your site. It is very informative and I give you a big thumbs up for all your hard devoted time answering people's e-mails and concerns.
You are really Awesome!!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Hello CPR Lady,
Your fears continue to be unwarranted and irrational. There is no reason to second guess your definitively negative HIV-antibody test results. Neither vitamins nor medications to treat shingles will affect the validity of your HIV-antibody test. No additional HIV testing is warranted. If you continue to worry, seek counseling (psychotherapy) to help you confront and conquer your irrational HIV fears.
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