|HIV DNA PCR POSSITIVE (ANOTHER FALSE POSITIVE PCR TEST, 2010)
Nov 26, 2010
Having a sex contact with a sexs worker(-protected vaginal-unprotected oral) and because of my anxiety reading of the risk of getting the disease,even if its a low risk, ihad cause i couldn wait an DNA PCR at 6 weeks on a lab. The result came back possitive(my first thought was suicide,i mean it)and they told me to confirm it to a general hospital.I went to hospital were they gave me elisa test-western blot plus a p24 antigen test. THEY CLAIM THAT TESTS ARE 4TH GENERATION .ALL NEGATIVE. They advise me to have a repeat tests at the end of 3 months. Not dealing with anxiety and stress i had a 3rd generation test Elisa at 11 weeks(76 days).Negative also. My life is a living hell and i m on antidipression drugs by my doctor.My Virologist doctor claim that after a 11 weeks negative test i m 98% negative..I have to wait another 2 weeks for the 13 weeks test.. Every day i m thinking of giving an end to this hell.. Whats your thoughts about this situation? I dont know how to deal with this..4th generation tests are claiming that they re accurrate at 6 weeks-3rd generation antibody tests claiming that are conclusive at 12-13 weeks. But with a possitive DNA PCR test on my back how can i have hope that maybe its a wrong result? Any help its higly apprecated..Pls HELP
Sorry for my bad english
p.s I posted this question before few days but i mnot sure if idid right so i post it again..If u didnt reply cause you re busy i understand it completely
| Response from Dr. Frascino
As I have frequently stated in this forum, PCR testing should not be used for routine HIV diagnostic screening, due to the rate of false-positive results, technical considerations and cost. Your positive six-week HIV DNA PCR was a false positive, as demonstrated by subsequent repeatedly negative HIV-antibody tests out to 11 weeks. I agree with your virologist and I, too, am quite confident your conclusive 13-week HIV-antibody test will remain negative.
Your anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts all resulted from an inappropriate test being ordered! You state you took the DNA PCR test because of your anxiety. As it turns out, that test did nothing more than dramatically increase your anxiety!
I urge all forum readers to follow recommended HIV-diagnostic testing guidelines for HIV screening. Doing so will prevent situations such as the one in which this questioner now finds himself immersed!
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