The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Women and HIVWomen and HIV
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

clear this up please.
Aug 26, 2001

I am confused to if u are saying i need to retest or i don't have it. I would think 20 wks later u would not be negative after having elisa postive western blot negative. wouldn't it now be western blot and elisa postive if u had an early infection to begin with.

at 22 weeks elisa negative am i negative or do i need to retest? sorry if i am bothering u i just am so worried. please help me one last time, am i negative? can i trust my results at 22 weeks even with elisa postive western blot negative 2 weeks.

Response from Dr. Aberg

If a person has a positive ELISA but a negative western Blot then the ELISA is considered a false positive or this can be seen in early infection. If at 24 weeks later, the ELISA is negative, then you do not have HIV. There is no need to repeat a western blot. You should get repeated testing for HIV if you have other risk factors or another exposure.

Indeteminate results
woman to woman transmission pt. 2

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint