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Am I infected?
Jun 14, 2011

I am afraid me and my son have chronic HIV infection that is not showing up on the tests I have taken. I had an exposure in dec 2010 and have tested out to 25 weeks using many tests with the latest being an elisa from labcorp and a pcr viral load from my doctor. Both were negative and so have all my other 14 tests. However, I was breastfeeding my son at th time and he has been sick ever since with all kinds of symptoms similar to mine. I am scared we have chronic HIV infection that the antibody tests aren't picking up. If I chronic HIV infection would the pcr test picked up my viral load? Also what type of tests can be performed on my 2 year old?? Also I had a ANA blood test come put positive... Would possible lupus cause my antibodies to HIV not to show up? I'm deathly afraid for me and my sons health. Please help!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello.

You've had 14 negative HIV-antibody tests and an undetectable quantitative HIV PCR RNA viral load out to 25 weeks! Exactly what part of "HIV negative" are you having difficulty understanding? Your tests are definitive, conclusive, excessive, WOO-HOO-able and move-on-already-able! Neither you nor your son has HIV. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. No additional HIV tests are warranted. Positive ANA tests would not cause "false negative" HIV tests. You should follow up with your doctor or a rheumatologist regarding your positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test. I cannot diagnose the cause of your and your son's symptoms over the Internet. However, what I can do with great certainty is advise what's not causing the symptoms: It's not HIV!

Dr. Bob



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