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Different answer - hiv and antibiotic - Czech Rep.
Jan 18, 2011

Dear Doctor, please, 8 weeks after exposition I was on hiv dual test and test was negative - i was so happy. But doctor in Czech Republic told me, that it can be false negative - because i had an antibiotic 2 weeks before my test. I am now so depresed :-(. But you write, that antibiotic canÂt affect hiv result. So i donÂt know what is tru. Please can you explain it me?

Many thanks

A.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello A,

Antibiotics will not affect the results of HIV tests.

Your negative eight-week test is encouraging, but not yet conclusive. You'll need to wait until the three-month mark to get a definitive result on an HIV-antibody test. You can read much more about HIV-diagnostic tests in the archives of this forum. Have a look.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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