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Immunizations and HIV antibody tests

Nov 17, 1999

Do you know of any immunization that you took before the test will cause a false negative??? I took an immunization shot and was tested negative 13weeks after a high risk exposure. I have many symptoms of ARS and HIV infection but tested negative once at 5weeks another a 13weeks. Would hiv antibodies production delay by immunization shot?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question. For the HIV tests that are currently in use, immunizations (getting vaccinated) will not cause false-positive nor false-negative results. Therefore, any immunizations that you have received will not affect your test results.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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