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is it possible to be pos but test negative?
Jan 9, 2012

A friend scared he was exposed to HIV after having a guy cum in his mouth. That guy has had a negative elisa, negative western blot, normal cd4 and cd8 counts and negative HIV proviral DNA tests after the 3 month window. He is extremely worried because another friend of his was recently diagnosed HIV positive despite 2.5 years consistently testing negative on all tests above AND remaining celibate for the entire 2.5 year period.

Is it possible for all of the above tests to not detect HIV even in tests run every six months while remaining celibate. ie can you go 2.5 years and get regular tests without HIV being diagnosed? then suddenly test positive?

Response from Dr. Wohl

No, it does not make sense to be HIV antibody negative and then positive years later without exposure to HIV in the meantime. DW



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