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May 7, 2006

Dera Doctor,My WESTERN BLOTT test results for HIV have weak positivity P25 for HIV-1 and Weak positivity for HIV-2 and negative for remaining other bands. My All times ELISA results have negative. My HIV risk were before 5 years. am I HIV infected or not. Thank you. SALMAN

Response from Dr. Daar

Based upon what you write your HIV-1/2 ELISA is repeatedly negative. If this is true then there is no reason to perform a Western blot, which not unusually will have a single band in an HIV-uninfected individual, a finding that is of absolutely no significance. In general, a repeatedly negative ELISA means no HIV infection. Repeat testing would only be needed if you had a new potential exposure.

Eric


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