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Please help, Hep C and/or HIV

Aug 29, 2011

Hi Bob,

Please please answer this question..

I thought I escaped HIV after 6 months... symptoms led to further testing and suddenly at 7 months I test positive for Hep C.. :( (ECLIA) but CMIA negative and PCR negative..

Another ECLIA was ordered (from another lab) and it was negative, I am waiting for another PCR result.

Do I need to test HIV again? Last tests at 7 month was negative (ECLIA, WB and PCR).

I have symptoms like mildly enlarged spleen (according to doctor, slighly high liver, fatique, low CD4 (450-500)..

This is a nightmare!

Response from Dr. Frascino


Your positive hepatitis C ECLIA appears to have been a false positive as evidenced by a negative CMIA and undetectable PCR as well as a negative subsequent ECLIA from a different laboratory. I see no cause for concern. Repeat HIV testing beyond the six-month mark would not be warranted based on a false-positive hepatitis C ECLIA.

Dr. Bob

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