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KAY
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Such a thing as a false positive?
      #1708 - 04/03/00 10:39 AM

I was reading through the messages here and I decided to go to the "I just tested Positive" board to see if I could find any more information. I am still trembling. Especially because of the message that reads "there is no such thing as a false positive" because that is exactly what I am hoping for. Does this mean I should assume that I am positive? I am so scared right now I don't know what to do. Someone please help!
KAY



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NMGIRL
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Re: Such a thing as a false positive? new
      #1709 - 04/03/00 10:40 AM

You didn't give much info. in your post - what type of test (and for what reasons) are you hoping will be a false positive? Have you had an experience that would put you in a risk group for HIV?
I think your first step is to see a physician to run another test if there is any reason you have not put yourself at risk. I'd be happy to talk with you - can you post back more info.? Take care.



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KAY
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Re: Such a thing as a false positive? new
      #1711 - 04/03/00 10:40 AM

I have a previous post here (I think I'm positive, waiting is torture) that explains everything, actually it's a whole thread. I'm glad for any info that anyone can give me, I am going out of my mind with worry!
KAY



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NMGIRL
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Re: Such a thing as a false positive? new
      #1714 - 04/03/00 10:41 AM

Kay, sounds like you are going through a very rough time. I went through a similar experience earlier this year. The waiting and not knowing is the hardest part. Two suggestions for you -
1.) Call the HIV/AIDS Hotline (it's run by the CDC) - they have a lot of info. and it's nice to have someone to talk to confidentially.
2.) Get retested at 3 months - and again at 6 months. It's a long time to wait, but getting the right result is so important. The CDC hotline can give you the locations in your area for anonymous testing.
It sounds like your first test was negative. Like John said in his post, you can never rely on the ELISA alone. It has to be confirmed by another test, i.e. WESTERN BLOT. If your Western Blot was negative - that means the test was overall negative. The CDC site at www.cdc.gov has a lot of information. Most importantly, don't beat yourself down over this. Try to stay as positive as you can - keep yourself very busy and try not to let your situation overtake your life.
If you'd like, you can e-mail me at highertown@aol.com to talk more.
Take care.




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John
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Re: Such a thing as a false positive? new
      #1715 - 04/03/00 10:41 AM

Kay,

It depends on what the other person was talking about. True false positives, where BOTH the ELISA and Western Blot are positive but the person is not HIV infected, are very rare. In fact, a survey of 5 million blood donor samples obtained from 1991 to 1995 showed the false positive rate was 0.0004% or 1 per 251,000. The greatest source of error was a p31 band on Western blot, a band that has subsequently been deleted from the interpretive criteria (JAMA 1998;280:1080).

However, from your earlier post, it sounds like your ELISA was positive, but your Western Blot was negative. This means that your result is negative. The ELISA test is very sensitive, and is designed to give very few false negatives. However, it can give false positives. That is why it is coupled with a test like the Western Blot. The Western Blot is a very specific test, and rarely gives false positives. Taken together, these two tests are very accurate at diagnosing HIV infection. You can't just look at the results of the ELISA.

Sounds like a scary time. To feel good about your results, you need to wait until at least 3 months after your potential exposure. However, the fact that your Western Blot was negative and not indeterminate seems like a good sign. A six month test is considered conclusive.

My advice is to take anything you read on boards like this with a grain of salt. Anyone can post anything. Check out the answers posted by medical professionals at the Body, or check out www.hopkins-aids.edu or hivinsite.ucsf.edu for information about HIV.

Good luck.




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